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For ten years, tutors from Britain have provided concentrated workshops on educational practice, maths, science and English at three ‘key’ villages of Tibetan refugees in India. 900 Tibetan teachers have been offered encouragement, planned vocational development, and an awareness of modern teaching techniques. Demonstrably high standards of teacher education have been achieved. In parallel, undergraduate students from the [Liverpool Hope University] College have taught some of the 10,000 refugee children being educated (within their own system) in Ladakh as part of their in-school training. The individuals working on the project, Tibetan and British, have learned what can be achieved by groups of like-minded people with a shared goal; an experience which enriches the educational systems in which each of them works.
The College has learned too. Procedures have been evolved for the selection of tutors and students; for the briefing and preparation of both to enable them to work effectively in an new environment, and for the support and de-briefing of participants. It has learned how to run a charity [Hope One World] within the formal structures of an institution and how best to collaborate with a partner charity [SOS Children’s Villages UK] working in the refugee field. It has developed teaching materials and integrated them into teacher education courses in Britain. All these lessons are now being shared with other institutions and will be applied to new projects in Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Citation: This is a model example of international outreach transforming the circumstances of a refugee community abroad and bringing added value to other courses and students at home and a special morale for the institution. Its effective innovations are transferable to other communities abroad.
In celebration of 150 years in Britain in 1995 the Sisters of Notre Dame presented HOW with the St. Julie Award in recognition of HOW’s educational work with communities in developing countries. At the time, Liverpool Hope University was known as Liverpool Institute of Higher Education (L.I.H.E.) and Hope One World was known as the Third World Group.