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Past and Future Projects

Two residential programmes of two weeks each were conducted by Cliff Farthing (Former Head Master and Ofsted Inspector) in 2007 and 2008 in Galle by The Ruhuna Children Development Trust, the precursor of SPICE.

Two series of 6 x 2 Day Workshops, including one at Royal College, Colombo were conducted by Judith Salter (Former Headmistress of Junior School, Streatham & Clapham High School (GDST) and her deputy, Tricia Williams in 2009.

Alister Bredee (Senior TEFL Trainer with extensive experience in Thailand) conducted a series of 7 x 2 Day Workshops in the Southern Province in October 2010,

Three TEFL qualified GAP Year Students spent 3,months at S. Thomas's College, Gurutalawa and Bandarawela in January – March 2012 teaching English and helping with sports and other school activities.

Mark Durnford (Senior TEFL Trainer with extensive experience conducting TEFL, TESOL & IELTS courses in Japan, Vietnam, the USA, the UK, Australia, Spain, Ireland, Thailand, Peru and Italy) conducted 2 x 5 Day Workshops in Tangalle and Kilinochchi in June and October 2012, as well as a Nursery Teacher Training Programme in Colombo. Both programmes were well supported by the respective Zonal Education Departments

Two TEFL qualified GAP Year Students from Millfield School spent 3 months at S. Thomas' College, Gurutalawa from January to March 2013 assisting in our Spoken English Programme and sporting activities. Their placement is the start of a Student Exchange Programme that is being planned for the future.

Tom Cella, an Old Boy of Millfield, and his girlfriend Sophie Minor, also volunteered to help in the SPICE English Programme. They went to the Southern Province for a month and helped in the second stage of our Teacher Training Programme by monitoring and providing further assistance to the SPICE teachers in the mini-workshops they were conducting. They also did some training at the Carlton Nursery School in Tangalle. Tom and Sophie addressed a group of Lower Sixth Formers who were interested in volunteering to work with SPICE during their Gap Year in 2014-15.

Alister Bredee conducted two more 5 Day Teacher Training Workshops very successfully in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. They were well attended and supported by the Zonal Education Departments of the two districts.

Two residential teacher training programmes of one week each were conducted from 17th August 201 to 29th August 2014 by Daniel Graves of the British Council and Victoria Godsall, a specialist Language Teacher at Chichester College, in the former war zones of Mannar (North West) and Batticaloa (East). 30 teachers of English attended each course (please see Reports)

Discussions on a proposed series of week-end workshops over a period of 6 months at a time on teaching Spoken English to batches of 30 war affected girls in the Jaffna District who are either school-leavers of Advance Level students.


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