AVSSP has been fortunate enough to develop a link with an Indian school through our close links with Watchorn Methodist Church in Alfreton. The church, in partnership with AVSSP have long been in communication with Howrah School in Kolkata, West Bengal with an inaugural training visit arranged for February 2019
The school is situated in an extremely deprived area and relies heavily on support from outside agencies and charities to educate their students in all manner of subjects, despite being the 2nd most populous country in the world India still relies heavily on foreign aid.
Capital: New Delhi
Population: 1.339 billion
Flag: Green, White & Orange stripes with a central ashoka chakra
Language: Numerus including Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi and English
Did you know: India is the 2nd most populous country in the world only behind China
AVSSP have been able to send numerous equipment and resource packages to Kolkata with support from Reydon Sports and Quickplay Sports allowing the school and teachers to engage as many students as possible in Physical Activity – just like in the UK physical activity is vital in helping people to live healthier, happier lives.
During the February 2019 half term break AVSSP flew out to India to support the development of teachers working in the slum area of Howrah, Kolkata. The teachers were given PE planning and resources to support the delivery of PE in the school. We were extremely well received in the community and the week gave us a great insight into daily life for many of the children in the area. We are looking into ways to continually support the development of the schools PE and Physical Activity in Howrah.
The school hosts hundreds of students with classes regularly exceeding 60 pupils to one teacher all with the bare minimum equipment, working in partnership with Reydon Sports we were able to provide the school and community with all important, basic equipment such as balls, cones, bibs and basic goals to enable more effective teaching of PE and Sport in a country which is struggling to control its obesity epidemic.
If you’d like to hear more about our work in Kolkata or even how you could support please get in touch.