The Half Day School has just completed a very successful 2012-2013 school year. As of mid-March, the students are on holiday for rice planting season, and will return for the new school year in May. Thanks to your generous support, this school year the Half Day School provided vital education, vocational and life skills training, and material support to over 150 children from vulnerable communities in the Thai-Burma border region.
I’d like to tell you about some recent developments at the Half Day School, including special activities, new programs and partnerships, and the work of international volunteers. I also want to update you on our ongoing activities in education, vocational training, and personal development training. This school year saw growth in a number of areas including the organic agriculture project, the Buddhist Project, and English teaching.
Our blog highlights some of the learning activities that your donations make possible for the children of the Half Day School. Click the links throughout this report to read more and see photos and videos. Some recent activities at the Half Day School include:
In November, DEPDC also welcomed Natalie, a volunteer teacher from the U.S. Natalie has been working hard to improve the quality of the English language curriculum at the Half Day School and at other DEPDC sites. She is writing an extensive teaching manual for use by future volunteers, and has provided training for current volunteers in curriculum development, lesson planning, ESL best practices, and child development. We are thrilled to develop our English program further and to welcome more international volunteers to the DEPDC family.
Of course, these special events and activities are in addition to our ongoing education and vocational activities. As you may already know, at the Half Day School the school day is divided into two parts. In the first half of the day, students study academic subjects including math, science, Thai language, and English language. During the second half of the day, students learn vocational skills. In addition to learning income-generating activities, becoming competent at a skill improves the students’ sense of self-worth and accomplishment. Some of the vocational training areas currently offered are:
The Half Day School also provides ongoing life skills and personal development education, including:
We are delighted to have finished the 2012-2013 school year on a strong note, and we are excited to welcome our students back in May. As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions. And once again, on behalf of the Half Day students and their families, as well as everyone at DEPDC, I extend sincere thanks to you for making all of this possible. Together, we are demonstrating that even the children who are most at-risk for human trafficking, and who seem to have little opportunities in life, can learn, grow, and become successful leaders in their communities!
Thank you so much,
DEPDC Director of Projects
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