School closures prompted by the COVID-19 lockdown in India have had ‘catastrophic consequences’ for poor children, according to an article from the BBC. With children in deprived villages and slums hit hard, especially those living in rural areas, CRS projects are more vital than ever.
Read the full BBC article here.
Thanks to funds raised through St Peter’s Church and Derby Diocesan Schools, CRS are in the process of building a new combined school and community centre in one of our most deprived project locations, Brace Bridge. With children in this area frequently falling victim to exploitation, abuse and violence, projects such as this are key in providing education and opportunities for the younger generation. Read more about our work in Brace Bridge here.
Children at Bibibagan and Sukantanagar received Christmas gifts thanks to the Women’s Fellowship of the CNI Wesleyan Church.
Two of the Trustees of the UK Friends of CRS, Alison Brown and Anita Matthews, have written a book about the experiences of setting up partnerships between schools in the UK and India.
They have been actively involved in building the links between the Diocese of Derbyshire and the Church of North India over recent years, including the group visits by headteachers, teachers, classroom assistants and trainee teachers each year which have paired primary schools in Derbyshire with CRS education centres.
Sustaining Global School Links, which is available from Grove Books for just £3.95, explores some of the theological and educational reasons for setting up and maintaining global links between schools. Reflecting on the partnership between Derby and Kolkata, it seeks to give an honest appraisal of benefits and challenges that are involved.