Staff and pupils at Maesgwyn Special School, Aberdare, have welcomed visiting teachers from India. The teachers from Velammal School, Panchetti, are working with Maesgwyn School thanks to funding provided by the British Council through their Connecting Classrooms – Global Schools Partnership Programme.
Both schools have been working together since 2010 and are in the process of applying for funding to enable further exchanges to take place. Maesgwyn staff members Kimberly Stephens and Joanne Morris visited Velammal School in November last year.
Mrs Shanthi, Principal of Velammal School, which has 7,000 pupils, and Anitha Arvindh, Academic Co-ordinator of the school, recently met with Rhodnda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr Ann Crimmings, and Chair of Governors Brian Slocombe, and shared views on education in India and Wales.
Maesgwyn Headteacher Steve Morgan said: “We were very pleased to welcome our visitors from India and it has given us both the opportunity to share learning experiences between countries.”
Mayor Cllr Crimmings said: “It was a pleasure to be able to meet the teachers from India and find out more about schooling in their country. The Indian teachers were also welcomed at St. John Baptist School, Aberdare, where they were very interested in finding out about A-Level examinations.”