Student Volunteers from Trinity Celebrate Ten Years of the Suas Educational Development Programme at a Special Screening of Ek Tha Tiger in Kolkata, India

Posted on: 24 August 2012

Student volunteers from Trinity College Dublin celebrated ten years of the Suas Educational Development Programme in Kolkata this week with over 200 school children,  their parents and teachers who turned out to see a special screening of Yash Raj Films latest release, Ek Tha Tiger.  The special screening was hosted by Trinity whose campus formed the backdrop for one of the film’s key locations along with the hit song, Banjaara

Speaking at the event, Trinity College Dublin’s Vice Provost for Global Relations, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer  said: “Trinity College Dublin is committed to championing change and development in the delivery of education and these volunteers play a vital role in developing our academic impact on both the local and global stage. Trinity’s role in Ek Tha Tiger places our historic campus on the world stage.    The university offers students a fantastic range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses where they can benefit from a multicultural student experience.  This world class education and vibrant student experience equips students with the skills they need to become the leaders and decision makers of tomorrow, ensuring their success and mobility in an increasingly competitive world.”

Trinity College Dublin student volunteer, Laura Cunningham, commented: “The generosity of spirit within Trinity and the student body is something that permeates the entire student experience.  It was this goodwill that really cemented my decision to come to India and volunteer with Suas.”

Suas Educational Development was originally founded in 2002 by students from Trinity College Dublin who believed that the best way of making a difference was through education.  Each year since, the Volunteer Programme has given young students an opportunity to support the education of children in schools that serve some of the most marginalised communities in India. Acting as teaching assistants in local schools the volunteers have a valuable opportunity to develop their personal and professional skills, such as teamwork, leadership and planning, while learning from this intercultural experience.

Trinity College Dublin has strong links with India.    The university is currently touring India  with screenings of Ek Tha Tiger in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.