The first workshop of the year began in Ranchi, Jharkhand where 36 wonderful teachers came from far and near villages to read new stories and play cool new games that teach skills at school.
We had 23 teachers who attended the workshop for the first time and had not attended the previous training in November 2013. Other than the teachers from the Ursuline Provinciate, we also had three Jesuits representatives from two provinces as our participants at the two day workshop.
This was our second workshop with the teachers and we were very excited to know how many stories have they read till now, how much did the kids participate in the skills games and the skills challenges. There were a lot of new things in store for the teachers and in their cool red teacher folder too! Real-life entrepreneur DVD’s, photostories made on children in Bihar, postcards, going to school diaries and our skills book catalogue.
Our team of six worked with enthusiasm on and off stage- playing the new board games, reading new stories through story panels and mini books, which the teachers loved! This was a new addition to our program where every child will have a mini book to read the story from and keep it with them.
The teachers loved the new games – The Cash flow game and the Marketing game. Both of them board them with all of fun & cool illustrations. The Cash flow game had sudden mishap and bonus cards while the marketing game had all the good, bad and ugly ways to market once could choose from. They then gave a super pitch to back up their marketing strategy too! The teachers gave us the most valuable feedback so that we can make them better before they reach the schools for the kids to play and learn skills through them.
Teachers who had read stories and had children’s projects shared their experiences and details on how they think this program has impacted their students.
Sister Pushpa said, “I have seen the change in my students after they have started reading these stories and doing the projects. Few days ago, we took them out on Women’s Day and they participated and spoke on a public platform willingly with confidence and determination. I never saw my students being so enthusiastic earlier.”
A lot of teachers who came in for the first time shared with us their concerns and their first reactions about the stories and games. We learnt a lot from them, noted every change we need to implement to make it better and impactful. To look forward for the teachers to read as many books they can with the children, until we meet them again in November with more new stories, fun games and exciting skills challenges.