All teachers had the opportunity to take part in visits to several of our community partners. These visits not only provide an occasion for teachers to take part in and experience the types of activities that many BIS students participate in through the community afterschool clubs and events but also for teachers of the International Life Skills (ILS) programme and form tutors a chance to meet and connect with the partners that students in their classes will be working with during the community ILS projects this academic year. Teachers received a warm welcome from the children at the different partners and spent an enjoyable afternoon making crafts, playing games and helping the children to develop their English speaking skills.
The partners visited were:
Thao Dien - In 2003, Thao Dien School was established with over 120 children with disabilities such as Down syndrome from all over HCMC and provinces. The school provides an education specific to their needed such as life skills and basic education.
Huynh Van Ngoi – Primary Government school which was established in 2009 for the children living near Thao Dien area .They have total 600 students with over 10 class rooms from year 1 to year 5.
Nguyen Hien – Primary Government School providing education, PE and life skills for local children.
Mai Tam House of Hope - a home and centre for children who have HIV/AIDS. It provides shelter, medicine, medical care, education, and referrals for its residents. When Mai Tam was established in 2005 by the director and founder Father John Thoai, a Catholic priest and nurse practitioner, he hoped to assist 100 affected women and children. Today, Mai Tam supports more than 500 women and children in need.
An Binh-An Binh is a new Government Primary School in District 2. At the moment it has around 170 students from Year 1 - 5. Class sizes are smaller than many secondary schools with around 30 pupils in each class.
Tran Quoc Toan- Tran Quoc Toan is a new Government Secondary School in Distant 2 and a new BIS community partner. We are hoping to connect further with the school this year by starting a new community project or club.
Samantha Hadley, Community Service Coordinator at An Phu Secondary