It's the end of teaching next Thursday so everything is starting to wind down - including sadly the blog posts. However I still have a few more in me and I thought it was the perfect time to show a few pictures of Manavedan Government High School to give you a good idea about what a rural Indian school looks like (and to prove I have been teaching and not just swanning about!).
The first things that hits you when you drive up to the school is the cows in the playground - cows pretty much have free reign here and the school is no exception. The second thing is the school buildings, one storey brick huts with thin walls and deteriorating porches running round the edge. This has got better recently with some remedial repair work and a brighter then bright Indian paint job.
Inside the classrooms are dark with rows of hard wooden benches for the students to sit on and a blackboard for the teacher to stand at - and that's it. There's no electricity, no books in the classroom, no posters on the walls and in some cases no walls at all. I have to admit it was tough to get my head round how to teach in an environment like this and I'm still not totally sure, but we've all managed it somehow...with a bit of imagination.