Since 2014, Dudley College and has been working with the Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS) in Ahmedabad, India. Founded in 1998, MGIS is a pioneering vocational centre in India and, because of their excellent approach to teaching practice, we joined together to deliver the Skill Based Teacher Training project, funded by the British Council’s UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). Based around teacher training and the development of multi-media teaching materials, the project is structured around Creative Media Production, a course delivered by both institutions. Not only has this project been successful in developing the teaching skills of staff across India, it has also been a life-changing experience for a former student of MGIS.
Chandrika Makawana was a student of MGIS since she was five years old. Coming from a financially difficult background, MGIS sponsored her education up to her completion of her International Baccalaureate Diploma. After 12th grade, the last year of high school in India, Chandrika joined the BTEC Diploma in Create Media at MGIS and, after successfully completing the diploma, she joined the teaching staff in the Creative Media department.
It was at this point that Chandrika became involved with the UKIERI project, being trained by Jon Turner (Lecturer in Media at Dudley Evolve) to edit filmed teaching materials created by the team at MGIS. As a result of this, and to further add value to the UKIERI programme, Chandrika visited Dudley College for four weeks from 9th May 2015, where she continued to work on those films and experienced life at the college.
It was a pleasure to welcome Chandrika to the college and to support the development of her media skills. The project is due to be completed in November 2015, with another visit to India from Dudley College staff. Through projects like this, and international partnerships with excellent providers like MGIS, Dudley Worldwide can continue to support students across the world, and help change the lives of more young people like Chandrika.