Ballycahill lady Emma Carey is heading to India in July for four weeks to tutor local teachers so that they can claim their Bachelor of Education qualifications ahead of a new Education Act being introduced in 2018.
Emma, a past pupil of the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles, is doing her final exams in DCU in PE and Biology where she learned about the Global Schoolroom project - this was established seven years ago by a husband and wife in Dublin and has been an extremely successful initiative.
The programme sees Irish educationalists travelling to India for four weeks of intensive tutoring and mentoring - the new Education Act will require all teachers in Indai to have the qualifications to teach. At present many do not have the necessary paperwork eventhough they have been teaching for many years.
Emma, grand daughter of Tom and Eileen Moloney, Abbey Road, Thurles is heading to the tribal north east region of India where bamboo schools are most common. A keen and accomplished athlete with Thurles Crokes, she is determined to bring her trainers with her but is not so sure how locals will react to seeing a tall, slim, white girl running about the locality.
Emma’s parents, Joe and Eileen Carey, are full supportive of her goals , as are all the family members. And, they will be helping out with fundraising in the coming weeks and months as she sets about gathering the various resources necessary - all of these will be brought to India and used by the teachers in their schools in the years to come.
At present there are sponsorship cards located in various shops and businesses in Thurles and surrounds and anyone wishing to donate to the fund can contact Emma on 087 93 43 500. All donations would be very welcome and gratefully received.
“It will be a very busy time with my final exams coming up but hopefully by the time I go to India, I will be fully graduated,” Emma said.
See www.globalschoolroom.net for more.