Update from: Kimbo Weng, Year 12 IB CAS student
For this project, I went with 3 other students to Myanmar. We went to several places to teach under-privileged children English, art and sports. For most of the time in Myanmar we taught in Zay-Ta-Wun Buddhist monastic education centre but we also visited the villages. During the mornings we would go to the monastery and teach but because during that time period when we are there, it was their exam season so we taught them English from their textbook. In the afternoons we went around and visited villages.
Besides teaching English, art and sports we also shared our knowledge on plastics. We have brought some supplies like pens and pencils for the children. We have also donated solar panels and batteries to the school in the village because there is no electricity in the village.
For this project we have raised 45,483 RMB. We raised the money through donations from individuals and companies. Also we have set up donation stands during some of the school events such as the Christmas Fayre.
This project has made a huge impact on me and I am sure it has also impacted on all 4 of us. After this project I learnt how privileged I am and the importance of education. This is because when we are at the village, we shared our knowledge on plastics. We taught the students that they should not throw the plastics on the ground but to recycle the plastics. The next time we went to the village, the plastics on the ground have gone. This showed that a small input of education can have a great impact on society.
Although we brought them small supplies like pens and pencils, they really appreciated it. I think that the children liked us to spend time with them by teaching and playing sports with them.