We are a small, ever-changing group of about ten volunteers. Some of us are young professionals, some are working and raising families, some are busily retired. Our main task is to fundraise to keep the school open.

There is no UK office and our admin costs are minimal. People often like the fact that almost every penny raised is spent in India on the school. Every so often, one of the trustees visits Mohali to spend time with staff and students, and feed back to the UK.

 

What we do

We fundraise in all kinds of ways, from running marathons to making chutney and getting our friends involved in fundraising events. Each year we HAVE to raise about £15,000 to run the school. That’s salaries, rent and services – no extras.

We seek donations and grants from other charitable organisations.

We work to increase the network of people who are regular Friends of Bright Sparks.

We give practical support to the school, such as:

    • raising emergency funds for families during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • setting up a school library
    • running in-service training to support English teaching
    • renovating the computer room
    • conducting a whole school review
    • sharing UK teaching approaches such as the use of phonics and display work
Maggie’s teaching tips
Trustees arranged for Maggie Flannagan, a retired UK primary teacher, to stay at Bright Sparks for a month in 2018. She ran in-service sessions with all the staff and pupils, and shared a wealth of ideas.

The Trustees

Sharon O.

Sharon O.

Fashion Retail Consultant
Zahida D.

Zahida D.

Marketing – Arts
Liz H.

Liz H.

Social Work (Retired)
Emma S.

Emma S.

Journalist – Food Industry
Tosheela N.

Tosheela N.

Development Manager – NHS
Vijay A.

Vijay A.

Analyst – Schroders
Marion R.

Marion R.

Editor/writer – Education (Retired)
Olivia P.

Olivia P.

Management Consultant – Public Sector
Tim B.

Tim B.

Fundraiser – Arts
Gail E.

Gail E.

Social Work