Jamshedpur : The Loyola Alumni Association (LAA) and the Alumni Association of Chile have joined hands for a programme of international exchange of students and teachers between Colegio Jose Antonio Lecaros, Santiago and Loyola School Jamshedpur.
The six-week long international exchange programme for students and teachers is new offing from LAA. As per the plans ,the collaborations is designed within the Jesuit schools around the world with the support of the World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA).
Two students- Claudio Alonso and Alvaro Aravena and their biology teacher Mauricio Javiar are here at Loyola School on a cultural exchange programme. The team arrived here on January 5 and will remain here till February 14. While Claudio, who’s a class XII student has joined class XI; Alvaro, a class X student has joined class IX interacting with students of Loyola School.
Mauricio on the other hand is teaching biology from classes VII to class XI and also have a voluntary group of students who have learning Spanish.
“We are really happy to be here. The objective of our visit is to learn about the Indian system of education and how the bar could be raised to develop the talent for the future of our society and secondly, what kind of curriculum was necessary to enhance the skills of talented children,” said Mauricio.
Sharing his experiences so far he said that the level of biology which students learn in class XI here is taught at the university level in Chile. Students are very welcoming and I love teaching them.
They are also trying to learn English. The trip has been sponsored by the Alumni Association of Chile while LAA plays the local host and hospitality.
” We also plan to send our children to some other country partnering with other Jesuit schools across the world. This will give an exposure to cross cultural exchange,” said Rajiv Talwar, secretary, LAA.
Claudio and Alvaro too are trying to gel with their counterparts in Loyola School. Learning English and teaching them Spanish.
Father Sebastian Puthenpura, principal, Loyola School said that the programme designed to increase interaction between students of both countries, to boost cultural awareness and creativity in mainstream education.
Alain Deneef from Belgium, who is the president of WUJA, along with Ronald D’costa, patron of LAA were present on the occasion.