VISITS BY FOREIGN NATIONALS

‘ENABLING OUR CHILDREN TO BE HARBINGERS OF GLOBAL PEACE’

In this era of globalization it is imperative to provide our students global exposure. Transcending the barriers of discrimination and developing reverence for the human family will benefit them in becoming messengers of peace and nurture global citizenship amongst them. Visits by various foreign nationals in the schools and interaction with them will enable our students to understand cultures different from theirs, develop respect for them and embed internationalism in the school curriculum.

Guests from Germany

March 27, 2018

Mother and sister of Anna V. Steusloff, a German student who visited our school in the year 2015 shared their views about the education system in Germany during their visit to our school on March 27, 2018.

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UK Educators Visit Choithram School for 8 Days

February 19, 2018

Ms. Gillian Fraser, Global Citizenship Co-ordinator and Ms. Ellen Siv, Foundation stage teacher of Stoke Row C. E. Primary School, UK visited Choithram School, Manik Bagh for 8 days from February 11 to February 17, 2018. The visit was undertaken as a part of British Council Connecting Classrooms Grant for a collaborative project on UN Sustainable Development Goal ‘Zero Hunger’ by both the schools. Both the schools have collaborated on various projects in the last four years with ‘Water: Rights and Responsibilities’, ‘Eat Right’, ‘Cyber Bullying: Play Your Part and Share a Heart’, ‘Global Warming, a Global Warning’ to name a few.

Ms. Fraser and Ms. Siv witnessed a rally by class 5 students and a skit presentation by class 1 & 2 students on the theme ‘Waste no food’. Class 6 students presented causes of hunger in India and UK followed by solutions in both the countries. They elucidated details about Food Bank in India, UK and Indore. Class 7 students debated on the topic, ‘Climate change is only responsible for global hunger’ and vociferously asserted their views on the topic ‘World hunger is a growing problem today’ during the panel discussion. Through a TV Show, class 7 students portrayed various ways in which hunger can be eliminated and the organizations that are working in this direction. The skit by class 7 students made the students realize that our country is home to the largest number of hungry people and the food that is wasted in the country can be used to feed almost 300 million people every year. An exhibition of posters and jingles prepared by class 7 students on the theme ‘Solutions for Combating Hunger’ as well as letters to the editor of a local newspaper citing action to be taken by the government to overcome the problem of hunger were also displayed.

They visited Jimmy McGilligan Centre For Sustainable Development, an Indore based non-governmental organization working for sustainable community along with students of Eco Club of the school. They visited ‘Aastha’, Old Age Home with Health and Wellness Club students of the school where students of Choithram School prepared nutritious food for the inmates of the old age home. They witnessed presentation by volunteers of Food Bank and Robin Hood Army as well as visited Food Bank in Palasia to learn more about how left over food reaches the less fortunate people in the society.

The UK teachers were impressed with the presentations of the students and hoped the students would continue working towards the direction of alleviating hunger in their city. They shared their best practices with Montessori and Junior School teachers in sessions conducted by them. They were guests of honour for Inter School Folk Dance Event hosted by Choithram School. They visited Rajwada, Chhatri, Maheshwar and Mandu during their stay.

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UK Philanthropist Visits the School

December 5, 2017

Mr. Michael Ashfield, a philanthropist from the UK visited the school and shared his views about the importance of giving back to the society. He interacted with School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi and Dean – International Affairs Ms. Raminder Mac and briefed about his philanthropic endeavours in helping the less fortunate people residing in rural India.

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A Session on ‘Stem Education’ and ‘SOLARO’

September 16, 2017

US Education Experts Dr. Kathy Chandler, CEO and Co-founder of VIP Student Services USA, Dr. Leigh Ann Chandler Poole, COO and President of VIP Student Services USA and Mr. Aditya Raj Kapoor, CEO and Co-founder of VIP Student Services USA conducted a session in the school on September 16, 2017 and briefed about ‘STEM Education’ and ‘SOLARO. The session was attended by the In-Charges and HODs. STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a software which complements and supplements the learning of students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

STEM helps in the application of the knowledge that is provided by the teachers. Ready Lesson Plans are available for the reference of the teachers; in case of any guidance required, someone from the services is always available on phone or in person. The ‘Game It’ and ‘Stem It’ approach exposes children to a variety of educational games through which they not only learn the content but also develop skills that would help them to face the real life challenges, and prepare them to face the world at a later stage. The session was followed by a question answer session.

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Mr. Armando Basile, A Pedaling Legend Visits India

October 26, 2016

70 year old Italian cyclist, Armando Basile visited Choithram School, ManikBagh on October 26, 2016 and shared his cycling experiences with the students in the morning assembly. Mr. Basile has cycled the world since 1983, through every European country as well as some of the countries of America, Africa and Asia. He was taken on a round of the school by the School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi. He also witnessed the Fundraising Event of School Enterprise Challenge and was impressed with the philanthropic endeavour of the school.

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Mr. Hans Batoure from Cameroon Witnesses the Carnival Event

October 6, 2016

Mr. Hans Batoure from Cameroon working as a teacher of French in Choithram International witnessed students of class 1 of CBSE main and grade 1 of CBSE-i curriculum participating in the Carnival Event on October 6, 2016 as a part of their ISA Curriculum Activity ‘Our Feathered Friends’. Dressed up as the peacock, the robin, the golden eagle, the kiwi, the little owl and the blue crane; the national birds of India, UK, Ghana, New Zealand, Greece and South Africa respectively, the students took out a rally spreading the message of saving these birds from extinction and sang songs also. Mr. Batoure also viewed the book marks of these birds prepared by the students.

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Ms. Giullietta Grassi from UK Witnesses the Fancy Dress Event

October 5, 2016

Ms. GiulliettaGrassi from UK, working as Teaching Assistant at G. D. Goenka Public School under the British Council Generation UK India Programme witnessed students of Montessori of CBSE main and CBSE-i curriculum participating in the Fancy Dress Event on October 5, 2016 as a part of their ISA Curriculum Activity ‘Our Feathered Friends’.Donning the attire of the peacock, the robin, the golden eagle, the kiwi, the little owl and the blue crane; the national birds of India, UK, Ghana, New Zealand, Greece and South Africa respectively the tiny tots confidently spoke sentences about these birds, recited poems and sang a song. Ms. Giullietta said the activity was ‘extremely culturally important and engaging imagination’.

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Ms. Jessica Young, from UK India Witnesses the English Recitation Event and the Book Mark Making Activity

September 20, 2016

Ms. Jessica Young, Teaching Assistant at the Daly College under the British Council Generation UK India Programme visited the school on September 20, 2016. She witnessed students of Montessori of CBSE main and CBSE-i curriculum participating in the English Recitation Event reciting poems on the peacock, the robin, the golden eagle, the kiwi, the little owl and the blue crane; the national birds of India, UK, Ghana, New Zealand, Greece and South Africa respectively. She also witnessed Book Mark Activity of class 1 students which involved enthusiastic parents teaching the children creative ways of making book marks of these birds. She said the activities were a great way for developing international learning in schools.

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Britta Heinle from Germany Visits The School

September 5, 2016

Britta Heinle, who had come to our school on a one year exchange programme in the session 2014-2015 came back to spend time with her host family; the School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi from August 20 to September 5, 2016. Britta was a guest at the Model United Nations (MUN) Session on August 29, 2016 which witnessed students of class 9 of CBSE main and grade 9 of CBSE-i curriculum deliberating on ‘Reducing carbon emissions and global warming’ in USA, UK, India, China, Nigeria and Ethiopia as a part of their ISA Curriculum Activity ‘Global Warming, a Global Warning’. She also witnessed the sale of Lord Ganesha idols as a part of the Fundraising Event of School Enterprise Challenge on September 3, 2016. Britta is now an AFS volunteer and acts as a facilitator taking orientation sessions of students who go on various programmes to different countries.

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Brittaney Nicole Dawn and Eric from USA Witness Independence Day Celebrations

August 15, 2016

Brittaney Nicole Dawn and Eric from USA, volunteers of Rotary International witnessed the Independence Day celebrations in the school on August 15, 2016. Brittaney was a one year exchange student in the school during the session 2012-2013. Brittaney and Eric were impressed with the performances comprising of patriotic qawwali, melodious songs, dances, yoga and speech delivered by AasthaVijayawargiya, Deputy Head Girl on the occasion highlighting the duties and responsibilities of citizens.

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Visitors from Switzerland View School Students’ Work on Leaders

July 26, 2016

Elise Burbon and Annick Bienz, volunteers of AFS Intercultural Programs, Switzerland visited Choithram School, Manik Bagh from July 22 to July 26, 2016. They interacted with students of classes 4 and 5 and viewed their work related to the Curriculum Activity, ‘Immortalizing the Immortal’. The students of class 4 had prepared scrap books while students of class 5 had prepared comic books pertaining to leaders of various countries, viz., Mahatma Gandhi (India), Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan), Abraham Lincoln (USA) and Sirimavo Bandaranaike (Sri Lanka). The students showcased their work in front of their peers and guests explicitly. The guests were impressed with the creativity of the students, their presentation, confidence and the in-depth research carried out by them.

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Ms. Melissa Berry, French Teacher From Canada Visits The School

July 21, 2016

Ms. Melissa Berry, French teacher and Head of the Art Department from Ashbury College, Ottawa Canada visited the school on July 21, 2016. She took a round of the Junior School, Senior School and CBSE-i. She interacted with the students and was impressed with the online projects being taken up by the school with different schools across the globe. She also witnessed the exhibits of posters and jingles made by the students as a part of their ISA Curriculum Activity related to ‘Cyber Bullying – Play Your Part and Share a Heart’.

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French Nationals Ms. & Mr. Habran Visit The School

April 13, 2016

French nationals Ms. Susanne Habran Jensen and Mr. Yves Habran along with their 12 year old daughter Zoe Habran visited the school on April 13, 2016. Ms &Mr. Habran are parents of Niels Habran, a one year Exchange student studying in our school under the aegis of AFS. They took a round of the school, the hostel, the playground and interacted with some students of the school. They also met the School Principal and told him that they were very happy with Niels’s stay in the school. They witnessed the Panel Discussion on ‘Transgender people should be accepted in the society’ wherein students of class XII voiced their opinion with strong evidences to favour the unfortunate who are discarded in the society. They appreciated the views of the students and encouraged them to play a key role to change the mind-set of the citizens towards the transgender individuals to be accepted and accommodated equally in the society.

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Government Official from Sierra Leone Visits Our School

January 30, 2016

Mr. AlhajiUni saAlim Sesay, Chairman, Govt. Asset Committee, Govt. of Sierra Leone visited the school on January 30, 2016. He was taken around the school by the School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi. He was impressed with the teaching pedagogies followed in the school as well as embedding of internationalism in the school curriculum.

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UK Educators Visit Choithram School for 10 Days

August 29, 2015

Ms. Charlotte Harris, Head Teacher, Stoke Row C. E. Primary School, Oxfordshire, UK and Ms. Gillian Fraser, Global Citizenship Co-ordinator of the same school visited our school from August 19 to 28, 2015 on a reciprocal teacher visit. The visit was undertaken as a part of British Council Connecting Classrooms Grant received by both the schools for doing a collaborative project on ‘Water: Rights and Responsibilities’ during the previous session. In this session both the schools are working on ‘Eating Right: Healthy and Ethical Eating’.

During the trip, Ms. Harris and Ms. Fraser took sessions on ‘Growth Mindset’ and ‘Independent Learning Training’ with Principals and teachers of various schools as well as on ‘Mixed Age Classrooms’ with teachers of Choithram School. They were guests of honour for Inter School Junior Master Chef Event and Inter School Kathak Dance Event hosted by Choithram School. They witnessed ‘Inter House Healthy Dessert Preparation’ in the Senior School, rally by CBSE-i students on ‘Be Vegetarian’, Road Show on ‘Malnutrition’ by CBSE-i students as well as ‘Vegetable and Fruit Exhibition’ of Montessori students. They were impressed with the confidence of grade 7 students who put forth their views on the topic, ‘Whose responsibility is it to ensure that we eat healthy food – the parents, the school, the government or the multinational food giants?’ They also apprised CBSE-i parents about ‘The Education System in UK’. They appreciated the entrepreneurial creativity of the students who sold handicrafts prepared from recycled material to parents and teachers during the PTM. They visited Rajwada, Chhatri, Regional Park, Nakhrali Dhani, Maheshwar, Mandu and Siddhwarkut during their stay.

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German Exchange Student Visits our School

August 22, 2014

Anna V. Steusloff, a German student studying in grade 11 in Munich visited our school on August 22, 2014. She was in Indore as a part of Rotary International’s Short Term Exchange Programme. A lover of art, Anna tried her hand at the potter’s wheel in the Clay Modelling room and was impressed with the various artefacts made by the students in the school.

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 Interactive Session With Teacher from Harris Road Middle School, USA

June 28, 2014

In an interactive session with Mrs. Arvind Saluja, teacher in Harris Road Middle School, Concord, North Carolina, USA on June 28, 2014 the teachers of Science Department, Senior Wing of our school gained insight about various ‘hands on activities’ that can be taken up in the middle classes.  Mrs. Saluja demonstrated activities like respiration through lung model constructed with the help of soda bottle and balloons, air circulation by using balloons and genetics by constructing edible eDNA model by using jelly candies. The session laid the perfect example of ‘Learning by doing’, as it emphasized on the maxim ‘I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.’

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Guests from Afghanistan Attend National Independence Day Celebration of the Gambia                   

February 1, 2014

Dr. Habib ur Rahman Qasim, a pediatric surgeon from Afghanistan and his wife Ms. Farishta Habib  attended the National Independence Day celebration of the Gambia on February 1, 2014. They were impressed with the presentation and lauded the efforts of the students and teachers.

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Teacher from Harris Road Middle School, USA visits Choithram School, Manik Bagh

December 11,2013

An English Elocution Event was organized on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Choithram School, Manik Bagh, unveiling glory and pride by the students of class VII.  The event commenced with the welcoming of the guest Mrs. Arvind Saluja from Harris Road Middle School, Concord, North Carolina, USA.  Students narrated the incidents from the lives of Prime Ministers and Presidents of USA, South Africa and India viz. Mr. Barack Obama, Mr. George Bush, Mr. Nelson Mandela, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. The narration was delivered to perfection by the students.  The guest Mrs. Arvind Saluja in her address appreciated the efforts of the students and hoped for a long lasting relationship between the two schools.

 

 

Hungarian Professor Visits School

November 19, 2013

Mr. Laszlo Dean Management in Széchenyi István University, Hungary was pleased to know about the various activities carried out by the school at the global level during his interactive session with the school Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi on November 19, 2013.

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 Senior Specialist on Child Labour in ILO Visits Choithram School, Manik Bagh

August 19, 2013

Ms. Sherin Khan, Senior Specialist on Child Labour in International Labour Organization (ILO), an agency of United Nations presided over the Mock United Nations (MUN) General Assembly Session at Choithram School, Manik Bagh on Monday, August 19, 2013.

The programme began on a consecrated note with the lighting of lamp by the Chief Guest Ms. Sherin Khan and Mr. Rajesh Awasthi, Principal Choithram School, Manik Bagh.

The MUN session served as a platform for Class X students to debate, discuss and deliberate on various issues related to human rights violation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Sri Lanka and Syria. The young delegates brainstormed on the urgent need for maintaining peace on the planet earth and passed a resolution to fulfill this need.

The Chief Guest Ms. Sherin Khan called it an amazing session and said that she was truly impressed with the level of research, the articulation and the presentation by the students.

After the MUN session Ms. Khan briefed the students about child rights from various perspectives. The presentation by Ms. Sherin Khan included the origin and history of International Labour Organization, its working, mission and objectives and the key global issues it is set to resolve.

Ms. Khan, A US citizen of South Asian descent is involved with two South Asia bodies that focus on child rights particularly from the perspective of violence against children.  These are the South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC), which is a SAARC Apex Body on Children and the multi-agency South Asia Coordinating Group on Action against Violence against Children (SAIEVAC), which is currently chaired by the ILO.

Ms. Khan encouraged the students to google the post 2015 development agenda and give their perspective. She told the students about the SALEVAC-SACG partnership and asked the students to register and provide the input for the conference.

An interactive session was organized for the students with Ms. Sherin Khan wherein she stressed on the need to change the mindset to get the solution to the problem of child labour. She persuaded them to do their bit and bring the initiative as they are the force who can bring about a change

The session was also attended by short term and one year exchange students of Germany, Italy and Thailand studying in the Daly College, The Emerald Heights International School and The Shishukunj International School along with their teachers.

 

 

Dr. John Gibson from Cardiff University, UK Witnesses the ‘Vermicomposting Activity’ 

June 19, 2013

Dr. John Gibson from Cardiff University, UK witnessed the ‘Vermicomposting Activity’ carried out by class VIII students of Choithram School under the ‘Go Green’ project of the school on June 19, 2013. The students brought organic waste from home, that is, vegetable and fruit peels, paper, dried leaves and dumped in the 3 feet pit of the school.  They were careful enough not to bring the waste that comprised of lemon peels, glass pieces, milk products, plastic and shiny paper as this is harmful for the earthworms. Earthworms will be put in the waste and thereafter the waste will be covered with soil.  The compost would take around three to four weeks to transform into manure. Vermicompost is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. Dr. John interacted with the students telling them that it was a great learning experience for him.

Session on Burn Prevention By UK Medical Students

June 17, 2013

An interactive session on ‘Burn Prevention’ was organized for class X members of the Community Service Club of the school on Monday, June 17, 2013.  The resource persons were Dr. John Gibson and Ms. Sophie Smith from Cardiff University, UK and Birmingham University, UK respectively.

Dr. John and Ms. Sophie apprised the students about burn mortality and the factors that can lead to burn prevention, viz., improved housing and basic amenities, proper regulation and design of industrial products, proper storage of flammable substances and supervision of children.  They also made the students aware about the first aid to be rendered to patients suffering from burns.
The information garnered by the students will enable them to disseminate the same when they visit the rural areas as a part of their Community Service project.

 

American Visitors In Our School


April 1, 2013

We had two American visitors in our school on April 1, 2013. Mr. Jeff Dawn is a makeup artist in Hollywood and is also an Oscar Award winner while Ms. Cheryl Dawn is working as a Head Teacher in Head Start School in Oregon catering to the underprivileged children of the society. They were taken on a visit of the school where they interacted with the Principal, teachers and saw the facilities available in the school.

 

Visit of Australian Educators


March 20, 2013

Three Australian educators, namely, Professor Fazal RizviProfessor in Global Studies of Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Johannah Fahey and Professor Jane Kenway of Monash University working on an international research project visited our school on March 20, 2013 to gain insight about the educational pattern of our school. They interacted with the Principal, Incharges, HODs and students of the Primary Wing and were impressed with the various academic, co-curricular and club activities of our school.

Professor Fazal Rizvi is a Professor in Global Studies at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne. He is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois in the United States. His recent research addresses theories of globalization, Indian higher education, cultural diversity and global mobilities of people and ideas. His most recent book is: Globalizing Education Policy, Routledge (2010).

Dr Johannah Fahey is a Research Fellow at Monash University in Australia. She has worked on a number of large research projects funded by the Australian Research Council. Her research interests include: arts and cultural policy, globalization and education, and popular youth cultures. Her most recent book is: Globalizing Research Imagination, Routledge (2009).

Professor Jane Kenway is an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow at Monash University in Australia. She has written extensively on issues of gender equity and education policy, global consumer cultures, knowledge economy and the internationalization of education. She has published a large number of books and research papers in prestigious international journals. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

 

Visit of Ms. Joselyn Cook, Principal, Research Fellow and Manager of the Perth office at the Australian Council for Educational Research


August 19, 2013

Ms. Joselyn Cook, Principal, Research Fellow and Manager of the Perth office at the Australian Council for Educational Research visited our school on August 10, 2013.

Since 2008 Ms. Cook has provided consultancy and capacity building for assessment programmes for the World Bank in India, Bangladesh and Indonesia. She has also provided support and expert advice on assessment to AusAIDand Secretariat of the Pacific Board for Educational Assessment (SPBEA). Since 2010 Ms Cook has directed the test development component of the Australian National Assessment Program- Literacy and Numeracy a national, annual, full cohort assessment of literacy and numeracy achievement of students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9.  Prior to joining ACER in 2007, as Director of Assessment and Moderation at the Curriculum Council of Western Australia, she helped that organisation establish an evidence-based approach to senior secondary reform that focussed on supporting and enhancing the professional expertise of teachers.  Ms. Cook interacted with our school teachers to learn about the educational pattern being followed in our school.  She also shared the assessment rubrics designed by her and learnt how we at Choithram are also implementing rubric based assessment that is student centred.

 

Austrian Visitors At The School Annual Athletic Meet

January 25, 2012

As a part of Group Study Exchange Programme, we were privileged to have members of Rotary International District 1920, Austria visit our school and witness the proceedings of our Annual Athletic Meet on January 25, 2012. Team Leader Mr. Andreas Trentini, Chair of the State Museum and Consul of the Kingdom of Netherlands; Dr. Bernhard Michael Haberfellner, a medical general practioner; Ms. Katharina Maria Romederm, an MBA in Human Resource Management; Ms. Anna Stabauer, Masters of Innovation and Product Management; Ms. Sophie Wiesinger, Masters of International Business Administration and Masters of Business Education and Management Training lauded the efforts of the staff members and students in hosting this event. Members of the School Interact Club also got an opportunity to interact with the foreign delegates.

 

 

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