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bishop azariah…

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I go to Bishop Azariah school in the nearby city of Vijayawada. They have day kids but also boarders. Some of the kids from the orphanage start off at this school and others go back for further education after school has ended as it also has attached colleges of further education.

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The best thing about coming to India year after year is the network of kids and young people you get to know. I was surprised to find quite a lot of my former students from Buddavaram here…

P1250827Prasanna, one of my most talented students from the past years (and a thoroughly lovely person), seen above on the right, is here so she shows me around. Prasanna has no parents and grew up in the orphanage along with her 3 other sisters all of whom i know. They are a lovely family and it’s very touching to see how much they care about each other…

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me getting mobbed during break time!

P1250787 P1250789  this is the main hall where the girls sleep at night on mats, it’s cool, clean and airy

P1250809prasanna takes me to meet her old primary teacher

P1250811a classical dance lesson

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P1250831the games mistress

P1250835a tableau extolling the virtues of physical exercise

school…

So every year things are a little different regarding my classes here at school. This time i have five different groups of kids to teach, depending on age, some will be doing arts and crafts, some photography and some photoshop and illustrator classes. I keep my classes small, around 12-13 kids in each and that way i can build up a proper relationship with each child and get to know them well. However some of them i have been teaching for three years now and that is really great for continuity and development. So here they are…the class of 2011…well some of them…

School’s out:

attention, at ease…

School assembly for the seniors…a whistles is blown and a woman commands “attention, at ease”, eventually after prayers and notices the kids file back.

These are tough times for them. They are in the thick of exams…which by all accounts are quite demanding. In the Indian educational system the kids do not require to think but they do need to MEMORIZE and regurgitate facts…a huge amount of them. You see them studying by murmuring mantras of facts over and over. This week they had exams in Telugu, Hindi, English and Maths…

baghya’s story…

Baghya is a day girl at the school, she is one of the lucky ones in that she still has her parents to return to every evening. But here life is never quite as it seems…Her father is a very grumpy man, who is permanently pissed off that life has provided him with 2 daughters…girls are more expensive…girls need a dowry to get married…Baghya has problems with her eyes so she is even more expensive…

(when i asked the kids to create a page full of pattern and colour which we would later fold into christmas decorations, Baghya decided to de-construct a face for hers…genius!)

Baghya loves to draw and wants to study art…S, the headmistress has managed to persuade her father that this is a good idea as it is a vocational training, she can become a teacher and so will not be a financial “burden” to her father…also apparently when marriage time comes along, her dowry can be reduced as she brings a wage along with her…

sneha ullal – bollywood movie star…

School was somewhat disrupted by the arrival of Bollywood actress Sneha Ullal. It was a publicity stunt to get some promotion for the C&S charity…but what a palaver!!!

We hung around for hours…They don’t do things by halves here…the whole school plus extra boys from Butterfly H bussed in to line the length of the school to see and greet her.

All part of a days work here..you never know how its going to go…I missed all my morning and early afternoon classes…The kids went crazy when she arrived though as she walked the perimeter of the school…and then…she left and all returned to normal…

This excellent shot was taken by my student/class assistant Dalayya