Student Life Up Close With Rotary’s Exchange Programme


Kochi: Student exchange programmes are rare opportunities where youngsters get to learn much about another place and its culture. Ten students from across the globe were in for many memorable take-homes as part of the exchange programme facilitated by Rotary International Youth Exchange Programme this year. The students visited various schools in Coimbatore and Palakkad, eagerly soaking up what the buzzing environments had to offer.

Andre Silva, Luiz Fernando and Matheus Maura from Brazil; Marcela Burgrova and Katerina Langrova from Czech; Caria Hofmann and Isabel Wagner from Germany; Tavyia Wright from USA and Jean Bastien and Kleden Le Guillou from France spent a day with students at Mariyumma Memorial Public School (MMPS) which is located 15 kms from Pattambi.

The exchange students had a gala time at various schools where the atmosphere came alive with the curiosities of children. It was a day replete with fun activities that facilitated interaction with various school clubs as the students attended classes and saw the schools’ facilities.

“Through the student exchange programme and one day visits, we believe that a few value additions can be given to the guest children and exposure can be created which helps to explore the possibilities,” said Colonel J A Rocque, Vice President and Academic Head, Eram Educational and Welfare Trust. Eram Educational and Welfare Trust Secretary General C K Abdul Samad, CEO Manohar Vargheese and Rotary Club Pattambi President Jeevan also attended the event.

The exchange students also had an interaction with the Interact Club Members of MMPS. Interact clubs is part of the student development programme by Rotary International, which brings together young people aged 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of service above self. MMPS had started an Interact club with the support of Rotary Pattambi and found it to be very beneficial for the children.

MMPS functions under the Eram Educational and Welfare Trust which also has the Eram Academy for Sports and Excellence (EASE) under it. The Trust was formed as part of the social venture initiative of Eram Group of Companies. Aside from managing the schools, the Trust is involved in various other community development activities including medical camps, educational awareness programs and livelihood initiatives.