Teaching for Empowerment in South India
Twenty students from Hong Kong International School facilitated a “Teaching for Empowerment” program with more than 45 high school students at Concordia-Pernambut and Concordia-Ambur in south India in March, 2017. This was the seventh year of the program.
Students that attend Lutheran schools in south India face various forces of disempowerment: caste discrimination, economic disadvantage, substance abuse, and a sense of hopelessness about their life situation.
This five-day program teaches students themes related to empowerment: the power of one; the power of the group; understanding local needs; creating an action plan. This year’s training included a very successful one-day medical camp for villagers and their livestock.
The Teaching for Empowerment program continued with the arrival of another HKIS group in March, 2018.
To read an action research project to understand the outcomes of the program, see this entry on HKIS teacher’s Marty Schmidt’s blog.