Awe-inspiring trip to India for Sheffield pupils

Students at Sheffield High School for Girls have returned from a 10 day cultural trip to India humbled and in awe of their experience.

42 students accompanied by four teachers travelled to Delhi, India at the end of February to learn about the lives of young people and young women growing up in India. As part of the trip they carried out voluntary work at partner school, St Thomas’ School for Girls, at the Riverside Free School and at a young women’s empowerment project in Delhi as well as visiting cultural sites including the Taj Mahal and the Lotus Temple.

The trip was led by Headmistress Valerie Dunsford who organised the cultural exchange.

Speaking about the trip, Mrs Dunsford said:

“The trip to India was a unique opportunity for our girls to see what life is like for young people and particularly young women growing up in India. During the trip we visited two schools, a women’s project, an eco-project and lots of cultural sites. It was a trip of a lifetime for us all.”

The girls also took part in question and answer sessions with doctors from local clinics, where they heard about the differences between healthcare in the UK and India and visited Father Ravi’s shelter for homeless children.

Jemima, currently in Year 12 described the experience of visiting the Riverside Free School

“‘Visiting the Riverside Free School was such an amazing and humbling experience, the children were filled with happiness and laughter and although there was a small language barrier we soon learnt the way to communicate easily and in a fun manner. To see the children understanding and enjoying what we were teaching them and that us being there was making even a small impact upon them was one of the best feelings and by far my favourite part of the trip.”

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