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Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, India

By Yvette Vignando - 9th August 2010

My last visit to a school in India was to Yadavindra Public School. It was with some surprise that when researching for this post, I realised that the impressively-sized stadium that is part of the school, was built for the proposed 1938 Commonwealth Games - which ultimately, were held in my home town - Sydney. I'm glad I didn't know that at the time; I might have felt the need to apologise!

Bal Bharati Public School, Delhi, India

By Yvette Vignando - 4th August 2010

Calling Delhi's road transportation 'traffic' is somewhat of a misnomer - it's more like a vehicle scramble for any available tarmac. Like everywhere else in India, drivers of taxis, cars, rickshaws and bikes are blind to the existence of lane markings and mostly, to the existence of pedestrians. An Indian friend described it to me like this "In your country you drive on the left, in India we drive on what is left!"

Jain Schools, Bangalore and Hyderabad, India

By Yvette Vignando - 25th July 2010

I've visited three schools run by the JGI Group in India this week; the founder of these schools is Dr R. Chenraj Jain. An integral part of the Jain schools' philosophy is the development of the whole person and an intention to nurture in every student a love for learning, a strong sense of self esteem, personal integrity and a respectful, caring attitude towards others.

Sholai School, Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu, India

By Yvette Vignando - 19th July 2010

After three days of workshops at Kodaikanal International School, I received an unexpected invitation for a courtesy visit to Sholai School, located in a valley area 1000m below the Kodai hill station. My western-nurtured eyes saw a combination of paradise and hardship around me. Running the school looks like very hard work. All electricity comes from solar energy or micro hydro-energy; the school is also experimenting with the use of bio-fuel. Sholai School engages in organic farming and also runs its own dairy producing organic milk and cheese.

Kodaikanal International School- Tamil Nadu, India

By Yvette Vignando - 14th July 2010

July 2010, I am in Kodaikanal, the highest hill station in southern India, (7000 feet above sea level). Kodaikanal is a town built around this amazing 100 year old school that features stone buildings, green lawns and spacious classrooms. It's situated in the Palani Hills of the Western Ghat mountains and has a year 'round beautiful temperate climate.

Permission Marketing Becomes Permission Socialising for Kids

By Yvette Vignando - 4th July 2010

The other day a 12 year old told me that looking up a friend's telephone number in a phone book (online or offline) was "stalking". Apparently it's okay to call a friend if their number is in your mobile phone, but otherwise, contacting a friend without warning or invitation on their home number is "creepy". Wow, things have changed. Or have they?

Teaching Children about Lying and Trust

By Yvette Vignando - 21st June 2010

How do you teach a child the value of honesty? Depending on your child, their temperament, their age and the context, teaching a child about the importance of truthfulness can be challenging. But honesty is a critical lesson I think all parents need to teach. Paul Ekman, Professor of Psychology has some good ideas...