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Behind each “success” – a million tiny steps and a great deal of struggle

I was conversing with my brother not too long ago and, quite naturally, the children and the Grannies of The Granny Cloud crept into it. He has been following the tales https://grannycloudtales.wordpress.com/  and enjoying them. Hopefully that is coming from more than just being a fond brother! In fact, he is the one that got me […]

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A tale of two countries…

Diksha is one of the labs that The Granny Cloud connects with. Though it works with disadvantaged children, the lab and school has many resources with excellent support from a competent coordinator (Monika). This time we share an experience of Granny Edna Sackson and the children at her school connecting with the children at Diksha […]

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Want a SOLE session with a Granny? Try the Regional Language Granny Clouds…

Imagine that you are a 10 year old and quite intrigued with the idea of ‘space’ or ‘children’s rights’ or ‘fossils’. You and your friends are using a combination of English and your own native language (with some additional help – or not! from Google Translate) to try and understand the information that is thrown […]

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Staying in touch with the children…

Author: Jackie Barrow  / Location: SOLE Neev For a while I had no regular sessions with any one group but met with many different children at either Gocharan or Korakati, both of which I love. However, when the chance of having a regular group of slightly older children at Neev came up I decided to […]

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ALL kinds of sessions…

There are Granny Sessions. There are SOLE sessions. There are even SOLE sessions with Grannies over Skype. And don’t forget ‘Mini SOLE Sessions.   One of the common misconceptions that new (or prospective Grannies) have is that connecting with the children in some remote or disadvantaged location is a breeze. And if what they have […]

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Age and gender – No bar!

Many years ago, a newly approved eMediator posted on his Facebook page – “Today I became a Granny”. And indeed he did! Because age (so long as it is above 21) and gender is no bar to being a member of the Granny Cloud team. And Grannies come in all shapes and sizes too! With […]

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‘Granny’ Rahul shares his experience…

Rahul is one of our youngest [He is in his early 20’s!] and newest Grannies. And he is already quite active; choosing to take sessions at various different centres so as to give himself a broader sense of the kind of settings, the children’s profiles, the challenges as well as the kind of support available […]

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Time to move on…. There are other children out there…

One of my favourite bits about being a key member of the Granny Cloud team is the opportunity I get to interact, not just with the children and coordinators at all the locations, but the one-on-one chats I have with Grannies spread across the world. As we edge towards a decade of existence and long-term […]

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One size does not fit all!

When the SOMEs (Self Organised Mediation Environments) were first setup in 2008-2009 (Yes, that is the academic term for The Granny Cloud, and it is what we began with), it was in the context of the first observations of the children and the schools that were part of the OGEF project. http://solesandsomes.wikispaces.com/Research Even though all the […]

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Just a handful…. What about the others?

One of the most vital concerns we raise amongst ourselves from time to time is about the number of children we actually reach and the extent to which we reach them. It is even a criticism levelled at the initiative by some professionals as well as members of the lay public. And to a certain […]

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