Froebel College and the HOPE Foundation Teacher Education Partnership

Contact: Marie McLoughlin, marie.mcloughlin@froebel.ie

Froebel College of Education, Dublin is an associate college of Trinity College. It delivers Bachelor in Education degree and Higher Diploma in Education (Primary) courses which prepare students to teach in the primary school system in Ireland

HOPE Foundation, Cork is a non-governmental development agency which organises health and education projects to support street children and their families in Kolkata, Bengal, India.


The partnership aims to strengthen teacher education in HOPE supported education projects in Kolkata through workshops on and modelling of Froebelian (child-centred) teaching methodologies.

To broaden newly qualified Irish teachers’ (NQTs) development and intercultural education through teaching alongside their Indian counterparts.

Outcomes:
25 – 30 NQTs (non-qualified teachers) spend one month teaching in HOPE education centres in collaboration with their Indian partners. Throughout this time, NQTs model good practice in child-centred teaching methodologies. Part of the initiative includes 4 lecturing workshops delivered by Froebel College lecturers with HOPE teachers each year. Workshops are held in areas of Indian teachers’ felt needs which are currently:
1. Activity-oriented learning in language (English as an additional language) and maths
2. Using Arts Education to support learning 
3. Inclusion of Children with Special Needs

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