On Thursday 19th September a small group of students and their families returned to school in the early evening.
To Skype with Rinku and learn about life in India. Skype is a wonderful, free program/app that lets you talk to people. The best bit is that you can see them as well! All you need is an Internet connection. Once you have a Skype account you can search for people you know, ask them to approve your request to connect and then make a time to Skype. It is important to remember to only send requests to people you already know.
Rinku is currently located in England, so whilst it was 6pm Friday evening our time, it was only 9am Friday morning for Rinku.
In Term 2 we spent a lot of time reading, researching, watching film clips and wondering about different parts of Asia. However, there is nothing quite like speaking to someone with first hand experience. Rinku knows a lot about living and learning in India because she has lived there and taught at a small rural school in a village called Chembakolli.
We thoroughly enjoyed listening to Rinku tell us about Chembakolli. There was a chance for us to ask specific questions and have them answered. We also showed Rinku an Indian dance we had been practising at school. Next time we’ll add some music!
You can watch some of our Skype call in the film clip below.
We discovered that some things are quite different for children in Chembakolli:
* They walk to school in groups so they are safer if they come across animals in the forest. Sometimes monkeys jump on them!
* If they see an elephant they have to climb the nearest tree and wait until it passes
* Their lunch boxes are metal and have a little bowl. Children might have rice and lentils for lunch.
* Their school is two storeys high and in the old hospital
* Some children have to walk for 30 – 40 minutes to get to school
* The houses don’t have glass in the windows
We also found out that there are some things we have in common:
* We both make Christmas Cards and sell them to raise money for our schools
* Have assembly and children perform dances
* Have similar school hours
* Usually have literacy and numeracy in the morning
Find out more about Chembakolli by reading the slideshow below. It has been made by the Action Aid team who Rinku works with in England.
Our Skype call was made possible by Skype in the Classroom and the clever people at Action Aid, Vaila and Rinku. We would like to thank them for giving us an opportunity to talk to someone on the other side of the world. We would also like to thank our parents who brought us back to school. Thank you everyone!