Update from: Year 13 Student Nnaemeka Nwangbo Nwofe
On Saturday, the 18th of September 2015, a group of students from The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi participated in attaching session with the Migrant Children’s Foundation. The students go to a school on the outskirts of Beijing where we teach the children mainly the English language.
On Saturday, we arrived at the school at about 10 am. The children were already waiting patiently for us to arrive. We already had a lesson planned so we immediately set about executing it. The Chinese speakers in our group took the lead positions at the head of the class in order to explain clearly to the children what the activities were going to be. The rest of the group divided themselves amongst the children, each volunteer taking roughly about four children. The volunteers would stay with these children during the course of the lesson as one on one tutors in order to make sure the children understand the lesson and address any points of difficulty.
To begin the lesson, we reviewed introductions and questions like “How are you?” and responses to the questions. However, we quickly moved to a review of numbers. The knowledge of numbers in the class was haphazard. We lingered on the topic a while to consolidate the children's knowledge and we carried out a small game where we called out numbers and the children wrote them down on little white boards. It was interesting to see how quickly they grasped the concept of English numbers.
We then had a short recess in which the children and some of the volunteers jumped rope. Afterwards, we moved on to teaching them about the garden. We taught them the names of different plants that would grow in the garden in addition to seeds and grass. We went over this quite thoroughly. We then asked them to translate Chinese spellings of the plants to English on their white boards.
The entire endeavour was quite interesting and enlightening for us and we hope even more so for the children. It never ceases to amaze how keen they are to learn and how quickly they digest what is being taught. Quite often, I see a child so bright I cannot help but think - this is someone capable of changing the world, if given the chance to learn, grow and succeed. The MCF is a wonderful place and we all hope to carry on this project and pass it down to those who come after us.