Time for some reflection for Potatoes for Peace

August 26, 2019

Last month was substantially less frenetic for Potatoes for Peace compared to previous months as most schools in Europe are closed for Summer. Nonetheless, although things are quiet on the school front, the potato people have been doing their homework and making good use of their time at Potatoes for Peace HQ by reading through the hundreds of programme evaluations and feedback forms from students and teachers who have participated in the programme.

Since the first ever pilot in London, over 600 students in 4 countries, have partook in Potatoes for Peace, representing children from different geographical contexts and varying ages. After the end of each course, students anonymously fill out the evaluation form provided, which includes questions regarding whether Potatoes for Peace changed how students saw others, what they learnt and some free space to write (or draw) any other comments or suggestions on how the programme could be made better. It is through this process of refining that each subsequent pilot improves with valuable feedback from students and teachers alike.

It seems appropriate timing now for Potatoes for Peace to take stock of the journey so far and have a cup of tea with the first teacher who welcomed the potato people into their school last year, Kulvinder Kaur Johal. Kulvinder was formerly the assistant headteacher of Northbury Primary and now works for the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) with her wealth of 26 years of experience.

When our potato friends first met Kulvinder last year at the school gates, the spritely spuds were filled with a mix of trepidation and excitement at the thought of meeting the assistant head. However, since then Kulvinder has become a mentor and friend of Potatoes for Peace and has even recommended the Potatoes for Peace to other schools worldwide.

It is wonderful to get such constructive support from teachers who have seen the programme in action. While we continue to schedule pilots following the Summer period, we are spurred on by this support; reinvigorated to sharpen our pencils, buy some new stationery and get back to school.

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  • Michael Reiss
    August 30, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Great blog!


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