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Learning to be Leaders

The Chandra Southampton Next Generation Leadership Programme arose from a series of meetings between Amreesh Chandra, Executive Principal, St. Paul’s school, Gorakhpur, India, and representatives from the University of Southampton.

Julie Reynolds smiling for the camera in front of the Taj Mahal
Julie Reynolds, Senior Teaching Fellow

With a key focus on education and fostering sustainable change, the intention of this partnership was for Southampton Education School (SEds) second and third year BSc Education, BSc Education/Psychology and PGCE students to contribute to a leadership project at St. Paul’s and develop their leadership skills.

The Chandra family offered the opportunity for a select number of students from SEds to travel to St. Paul’s for three weeks. After a competitive process, five students departed to India accompanied by Julie Reynolds, Senior Teaching Fellow.

The leadership project the students were given on their arrival in Gorakhpur was based around raising menstrual awareness through education in India, currently a topic of social taboo. Their job was to propose a guideline for schools in India to consider.

Julie was on hand to support the students through this challenging project:

"Our time in Gorakhpur was inspiring but intense – the students worked all day in the classroom and we were often guests at a family house in the evening. We were also able to travel beyond the school gates to explore the local area and experience the colour, the chaos and the cows."

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St Paul's School, Gorakhpur, India
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In a Rickshaw
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Beautiful close up of traditional wear saris

Whilst at the school, the students undertook a combination of teaching and observing, attended seminars regarding leadership and contributed to presentations on Autism and Special Educational Needs.

Commenting on the success of the Programme, Julie said,

"Student evaluations suggest that this experience had a very positive impact on them, both in terms of their teaching but also on their aspirations to be leaders."

As one student concluded:

"There is something marvellous about this journey that we have just been through, and I am forever grateful to have had this opportunity."

Planning for the 2019 trip is underway.

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