WITH SCHOOLS IN U.K.:
The Exchange Program with schools in UK began with the visit of Ms Elaine Colquhoun , Head teacher of Hill Top School, New Castle to Tamana. She spent a week at Tamana schools in February 2007. She took back introduction letters from Tamana students for students of her school and after that an email exchange programme started to explore the potential of information and communications technology for learning more about, and communicating with, people from other cultures and countries.
The first project was – to develop a greater understanding of the similarities and differences of our countries, our towns and our lives in India and the UK. The children from both the schools exchanged the photos and write ups about houses, shops, holy places, play areas, roads etc. . it was very exciting for our children to click pictures of the market and houses and compare with their counterparts in U.K.
The second project focused on special festivals celebrated in two countries. Greeting cards , photos of festival celebrations and the write ups were exchanged.
The current project is " Things that are special to us" . The objective of this project is to develop a greater understanding of the similarities and differences of our day to day lives in India and the UK.
Since 2008 regular exchange of professionals has taken place. Dr Ritu Juneja and Usha Varma, Principal School of Hope visited Hill top School and Gibside Schools in New Castle (2008). In November 2008,. Ms Lorraine Petersen, Head NASEN , UK visited Tamana schools. On her return to England she sent back teaching Aids developed by NASEN . In 2009, Ms Rashmi Wahi, Principal Tamana Special School visited three schools in U.K. – Gibside School, Hill Top School in New Castle, St. Christopher in Wrexham as a part of the exchange program.
Information has been exchanged about special education programs for autistic children, the usage of latest technology, teaching aids, curricula, assessment techniques, latest interventions and the IEPs( Individual Educational Programme), leisure activities for differently abled, prosthetics aids, religion education, yoga.