The Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor John Knapman hosted an afternoon tea and tour of the Civic Offices on Friday 6 February 2009 for teachers from India visiting local schools on a Teacher Exchange Visit.
During their visit they were introduced to Eleanor Laing, the Member of Parliament for the Epping Forest Constituency, and Ben Murphy, the Epping Town Mayor. The visitors were given the opportunity to discuss areas of mutual interest and had the opportunity to view the Council Chamber and climbing the tower, which gives wonderful views of the Epping area. They were presented with gifts depicting the Councils Coat of Arms for them to display in their schools on their return.
The local schools taking part in the exchange were St John`s CE School in Epping and West Hatch High School in Chigwell with the visitors representing the JNV School in Faridabad, close to New Delhi. The exchange is part of the Youth Sports Trust and UK Sport initiative to ensure a long-lasting legacy to sport following the 2012 London Olympics. The guests visited the Olympic site at Stratford, London attractions including Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and Epping Forest in the snow during their weeklong visit.
Chairman, Councillor John Knapman said: The visit is a wonderful chance for the schools involved to develop a growing bond between the teachers and hopefully at a later date between the pupils. It is the start of an exchange program, which can grow. Although the Indian school system is based on the British system the problems in each country can be very diverse, but on the hand very similar, therefore we have much to learn from each other.
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