|Title||Malaysian and Indian Student Delegations visit their Hungarian counterparts|
Ms Zsuzsa Szalayné Tahy/IT Teacher at Szent István Gimnázium
I joined the ASEF Classroom Network in 2006 and since then have been taking part in both the conferences and Online Collaborations. Each year, our school take part in 2 to 5 Online Collaborations. I also took over the “Chain Stories” Online Collaboration initiated by Ms Helen Tind and continued under the name of “Story Trees”, an Online Collaboration which won a Merit Award at the Bali Conference in 2013.
In 2012, we hosted a group of students from Millennia Institute from Singapore led by Mr Tan Chor Pang. This autumn, we hosted two student delegations, who participated in the ASEF ClassNet Online Collaborations, one from SM Sains Seri Puteri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the other one from St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh, India, both initiated by me. The delegations were headed by Ms Noor Ezah bt Abu Bakar and Ms Geeta Rajan respectively, whom I met at the ASEF ClassNet activities.
8 Malaysian students, with Ms Noor Ezah bt Abu Bakar, Head of the Language Department, arrived in Budapest on 13 September. They stayed at a hostel near our school and were guided by students with our teacher Trainee, Mr Dávid Nikolics. During their stay in Budapest, they strolled on the banks of the Danube River, took a guided tour in the Parliament building, enjoyed sightseeing in Budapest, along with shopping at Market Hall and attended a concert at the Music Academy. They also had the opportunity to visit the Technical University and the Odoo, a solar house of Budapest. During their stay, our Malaysian guests learned some Hungarian folk songs and taught each other their countries’ folk dances.
Our students, along with their new Malaysian friends, have worked together on the “Story Tree” Online Collaboration. The Malaysian students presented a signed copy of the printed version of their online story “ASHACE” during the appearance of the First Counsellor at the Embassy of Malaysia, Ms Maslina Ngah Mamud to our school. Our Malaysian guests left Budapest on 18 September with pleasant memories from the exchanges. As far as we know, this was the first Malaysian students group in Hungary, and we hope, it will not be the last one.
Two days later, on 20 September, we received another delegation from St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, India. The delegation included 13 students, headed by Ms Anjali Aggarwal, Principal, Ms Geeta Rajan, Global Coordinator and Ms Ritika Anand, Educational Supervisor. They were welcome by my colleagues, Ms Katalin Bartháné Nagy, Teacher of English, Ms Klára Kempl, Teacher of Physical Education, as well as our students, who visited India in April 2014.
On Sunday, our guests from India along with our teachers and students were invited for a Sunday lunch hosted by the Indian Embassy. Ambassador Shri Malay Mishra was very interested in the cooperation of the two schools and emphasised the importance of collaboration of the two countries, not only at the government level but also at other levels of diplomacy.
The Indian guests had the opportunity to visit our school. After our students performed a native folk dance, both the Hungarian group and the Indian group listened to the speeches by the two Principals and Ambassador Sri Malay Mishraand.
Afterward, we all enjoyed a dance performed by the Indian students. The theme of the common Online Collaboration was “The Significance of the River Ganges and the River Danube”. First Radhika Aggarwal gave her presentation on the River Ganges, and then we listened to the students of class 10.D, who were encouraged by one of their classmates involved in the exchange program and their teacher, Ms. Ildikó Berke, Head of English Department, to take part in the common Online Collaboration.
The students had spent a week gathering materials, which they all shared with each other on Facebook and had spent a few more days putting their ideas together into one impressive presentation that included important geographical facts, interesting historical information about the River Danube, as well as some comical facts to entertain the audience. The students also impressed everybody with a video, which ‘showed’ the guests around in Budapest with live singing of Hungarian folk songs sung in the background. Finally, our Indian guests were tested on what they saw and heard in a short quiz.
Sightseeing, learning of Hungarian folkdances, a cruise on the Danube, a visit to the Parliament and the Castle District were parts of the programme directed for our guests. The delegation together with some Hungarian students and two teachers went for a day trip to Vienna. On 25 September, the Indian delegation left for Nagykanizsa, Hungary, where the students of Batthyány Lajos Gimnázium had the privilege to host the Indian group of students and educators. The group also had the chance to visit Bled in Slovenia and Venice in Italy.
Currently, Szent István Gimnázium had two Indian students and their father, Mr Sanjay Gupta helped the students who are travelling to India to get an insight into Indian culture. We very much appreciate such a rewarding and educational experience.