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ERIC Number: EJ1136040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2161-7252
Organizing an NGO-Sponsored English-Medium School in South India: Lessons Learned
Gibb, Gordon S.
Journal of International Education and Leadership, v2 n2 Sum 2012
This paper describes lessons learned from the first-year education efforts of Rising Star Outreach of India, a U.S.-based nongovernmental charitable organization (NGO) working with leprosy colonies in Tamil Nadu, India. In 2008, Rising Star Outreach established a residential school to provide English-medium schooling for 180 colony children in Standards K through 8. Using lived experience methods of phenomenological research described by Manen (1990), the author describes six themes derived from personal experience during the a full year of organizing and directing the school, including obtaining government recognition, organizing school governance, working within local school culture, hiring and training teachers, providing English-medium instruction, and establishing and maintaining positive relations with parents and families. The themes include lessons learning that can benefit other organizations endeavoring to establish schools in developing areas.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A