2nd Report for Rural Teacher Trainings in Myanmar
For the last 3 months, WS has been extremely busy supporting various Teacher Training Projects around the country, with a focus on groups working in Shan and Kachin States.Support for Shanan Education Network in Myitkyina, Kachin State and Northern Shan StateIn April and May we offered support for 2 teacher trainings provided by Shanan Education Network, aiming to provide new models for teachers in Shan and Kachin States. Having the opportunity to work in Myitkyina, Kachin State and learn more about the challenging conditions which teachers face and the lack of government support for education. Teachers were excited at the models for Holistic Education and will bring these new techniques back to their classrooms.
Support for Naung Taung Monastic School Pa-O Youth Leadership Training in Southern Shan StateAfter attending the SEMS TOT (Training of Trainers) in January, several Pa-O teachers from Naung Taung Monastic School ran a 1 month Youth Leadership Training for Pa-O youth from all over Shan State. WS supported the training by providing training on holistic and democratic education, child development and practical life skills. The training for over 80 Pa-O youth supported
Earthen Building Classrooms for Kachin Communities in Northern Shan StateIn March and April WS traveled again to China border to support the Kachin communities their in finishing their 2 earthen buildings classrooms. WS with help from Dragonfly Community Foundation Thailand taught earthen brick making and built the first classroom. The local community, including woman from the local IDP (Internally Displaced People) camp built the second building by themselves. WS then joined again for another few days to teach plastering and earthen painting in order to finish the buildings before the start of the new school year on June 1st. Several new buildings will be designed and the building process will start just following the monsoon season in October-November of this year.
Upcoming Project for Teacher Training Projects
Buildings Earthen Schools and Classrooms for Kachin groups in northern Shan State
In February, Whispering Seed along with local development groups, led the first earthen building training for 60 participants from 13 Kachin communities from all over northern Shan State. Each of the 13 communities needs schools and classrooms for their students, who mainly come from the IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps within the Kachin Baptist churches we are working with. Due to fighting along the Chinese border, several IDP camps, similar to refugee camps, but with Myanmar boundaries, have been forced to provide basic food, shelter, healthcare and basic education for Kachin women and children fleeing the conflict zones.Government military offensives in these regions have recently created over 100,000 IDPs, leaving these poor church communities and their friends trying to survive and support the IDPs in very challenging circumstances.
Women and children from the IDP camps, teachers, directors of the church, community members and patients from the drug rehabilitation center all joined to make over 10,000 bricks for the first set of school buildings. Buddhist monks from Myanmar also came to join the training, working together with Kachin Baptist as they gained necessary skills not only to build their own schools in each of the 13 communities using local, sustainable, cost-effective and appropriate building materials. Participants were so excited they said they would start building their own homes using the new techniques they learned!!!!
Advanced Teacher Training of Trainers for Buddhist Monastic Education
Together with Spirit in Education Movement, Socially Engaged Monastic Schools and Center for the Promotion of Monastic Education, Whispering Seed assisted in facilitating an advanced Training of Trainers held in souther Shan State for 20 monastic schools teachers from all over Myanmar.
The training included personal development, life skills training, exposure visits to local projects and sites in around Shan State, including a visit to Inle Lake to meet with other teachers who are also working as community leaders. The training was a great success and partnership with many organizations. We look forward t o many more trainings to support teachers to better enhance the quality of life for the poor and marginalized children of Myanmar.
We are in the process of several other trainings, please see our attached report and keep posted for further reports on GlobalGiving and our website (www.whisperingseed.org).
Please find a more detailed remote on our website at: http://whisperingseed.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Global-Giving-Teacher-Training-1a.pdf