Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability

by Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability
Train Leaders in Asia for Peace and Sustainability

Project Report | Sep 7, 2018
The INEB Institute Prepares for its School of English for Engaged Social Service (SENS) 2019 Program

By Arjun Kumar | Fundraising Coordinator

INEB Institute's SENS 2019 Program Poster
INEB Institute's SENS 2019 Program Poster

Dear Kind Supporters of the INEB Institute,

Greetings from Thailand! I hope you all have been doing well! We have some very exciting updates for you, as we prepare for our School of English for Engaged Social Service (SENS) program, which we will be offering to students with the appropriate interests and background from January – April 2019. 

We are fast moving towards the last quarter of the year. This period is very crucial for us, as it determines how well we will have prepared to run our upcoming SENS program early next year. June to September is generally a time of planning and preparation for the INEB Institute work team. Student and tutor interviews and selections, communicating and advertising our program through different channels, it all happens now. The planning and preparation during this period are both near-term and long-term.

Our near-term work is focused around laying the necessary groundwork for what has now become our annual core program, namely, the School of English for Engaged Social Service (SENS) course that we offer January to April at the Wongsanit Ashram near Bangkok. That course is pitched at the level of Intermediate English, and we accept students who are anywhere from high beginners to lower advanced. Our long-term planning work is focused on proposal writing and negotiations with potential partners with a view to extending our core Intermediate English SENS program that we offer in Thailand in two ways. First, we are working on expanding the number of levels that we offer so that ultimately, we will have a full complement of courses that include Beginning English, Intermediate English, and Advanced English. Those courses will all retain the trademark approach of the SENS programs, which is to teach English as part of a holistic training program that supports and guides students’ growth in self-awareness, in understanding of the social and ecological challenges of our time, and in the confidence and capacity to direct their own life trajectory towards compassionate leadership. The second way we are hoping to extend our current work is to create the necessary agreements and conditions that would allow us to offer SENS courses in countries where we have partners with whom we are linked as sister organizations under the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB). Depending on developments under way now, some of those possibilities may even take place in the near term, that is in late 2018 or in 2019.

The following are some of the main activities and tasks that we have conducted and completed in the past three months - 

Review and Selection of Our First Student Applicants

Students have begun applying and we have selected our first student from France! Also, a number of leaders have conveyed their intention to propose that one of their staff attend the SENS 2019 program, and those applications will be coming in over the next few months. Finally, we have the names of a number of individuals who have expressed great enthusiasm for joining the SENS 2019 course.

Steps Taken toward Hiring of a New Assistant Director for SENS 2019

Our excellent Assistant Director for SENS 2018, Lucy, is now completing her master’s degree at the School of International Training in Vermont. Lucy chose to remain in the U.S. to complete her degree and seek employment, and for this reason we have had to look for a new Assistant Director. This is a demanding process because in addition to high competency in English and the teaching of English, the ideal candidate for this position would also need to have a very good understanding of contemporary global environmental and social issues, and would be a compassionate and dedicated personal mentor for the students and tutors as well. As of September 6, we are very close to making a final selection from among roughly thirty candidates.

Announcement of the Need for Volunteer Tutors for SENS 2019

The SENS course works best when we have one competent tutor with a good understanding of our goals for every four to five students in the program. We have already been able to find one excellent tutor who will be able to work with us for the first six weeks of the program. We also placed an announcement in idealist.org for this position, for which we have had some responses. That link is: 

https://www.idealist.org/en/volunter-opportunity/f4f3caa225d74ba18bd43183bc1fb4b9-volunteer-tutors-needed-for-innovative-english-for-transformative-learning-program-near-bangkok-the-ineb-institute-near-bangkok

Design and Printing of a Program Brochure for SENS 2019

Our work team came together to design a brochure for our SENS 2019 program. After several working drafts, we have come out with a final design of the brochure which has been printed and shared within our network. A soft copy of our brochure is attached with this report, and we encourage you, being our supporters, to also share it around within your network of family and friends. We are on the lookout for students and tutors, and it would be of great help to us if you could assist us in promoting and sharing about our SENS program with anyone who may be interested in participating as a student or tutor.

Design and Printing of a Program Poster for SENS 2019

Our work team has also designed a poster for our SENS 2019 program. We have been widely distributing this poster within our network, encouraging our friends and partner organizations to pin them at locations where they feel it may catch the attention of young adults who may be interested in participating in our program.

First Steps in Curriculum Planning on the Theme for SENS 2019: Interfaith Understanding towards Peace and Sustainability

Our theme for SENS 2019 will require a number of changes in the way we build our student cohort and in the curriculum itself. For example, we will need to ensure a high level of diversity of students, representing major faith traditions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism, but also representing indigenous religions as well as other kinds of ethical traditions. In addition, we will be expanding the section of our course that deals with the nature of religious and other ethical traditions, and we will include field trips that allow students to meet socially engaged religious leaders in Thailand who are Christian, Muslim, and Hindu, in addition to the Buddhists who represent Thailand’s majority. We have begun to do the networking to build a diverse cohort, and to do the necessary study and planning to make this dimension of our 2019 program meaningful and successful. 

Attached with this report is a letter that our Academic Director, Ted, wrote to our network partners and friends. Ted has provided an in-depth overview of the Interfaith theme for the SENS 2019 program, where he shares about the significance of this theme and how it would benefit participating students.

Meeting and Networking with Members of the Buddhist-Muslim Forum 

On July 9th, members of the INEB Institute work team joined INEB General Secretary, Somboon Chungprampree, in meeting with representatives of the International Forum on Buddhist-Muslim Relations, known as the Buddhist-Muslim Forum (BMF). BMF represents religious groups around the world who have a strong stake in building interfaith communication and understanding between these two religious’ traditions. As Buddhists and Muslims represent two of the dominant religious groups in South and Southeast Asia, and as tensions between these two groups have erupted in various locations and on more than one occasion in recent years, INEB takes this work of dialog and reconciliation to be of the greatest importance. Our SENS 2019 program will emphasize the theme of Interfaith Understanding towards Peace and Sustainability, and for this reason the meeting was an important opportunity to meet others who could be resource persons for our program planning. It also allowed us to think of concrete ways that our transformative learning work and the BMF’s larger mission could be mutually supportive. Link: 

https://www.facebook.com/buddhistmuslimforum/

We have now had an announcement on the Buddhist Door website, and in the newsletter of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers. This meeting is one of the kinds of steps that allow us to connect with a broader range of like-minded groups, and to begin to make plans for supporting each other’s work.

Completion of a Narrative Proposal and Budget for a SENS Advanced English Program of three months to take place in Maharashtra, India in the Fall of 2019.

Our connection in Maharashtra is with Buddhists who follow Dr. Ambedkar, and in this course, we would be working primarily with Dalits who have been through an 8-month training in mindfulness and social awareness. This would be our first course offering at the Level of Advanced English. We are currently waiting to receive the response of our partner organization, at which point we will be able to take the next steps.

Initiation of Negotiations with Partner Organizations in Myanmar for a SENS Beginning English Program for 2018 or 2019

There is the opportunity for a Beginning English SENS course to take place in Myanmar as early as late October of this year. The beginning level would be a one-month course, and it will require some important changes in our core course design. So, for example, we will be working with students who all speak the same language (Burmese), because this allows us to provide explanations through a single interpreter when necessary. Similarly, we will rely on translation to provide important substantive content on social, ecological, and personal growth issues.

Well, there you have it. That is a snapshot of what our work team engages in during the preparatory phases of our SENS program. These are very important phases, and we try to put in that extra bit of effort during this time to ensure that our program is able to provide the best transformative learning experience to our students.

We do hope you will have a look at our program brochure, and share it around. Please also have a look at our Academic Director Ted’s Letter on the new interfaith theme for our SENS 2019 program, he has shared some very interesting elements about our upcoming program. We are super enthusiastic to have a diverse group of students coming from major faiths around the world into one classroom! We anticipate that each student stands to gain tremendously in interfaith understanding and appreciation through the many interactions with other students coming from such diverse backgrounds!

That’s it from us. On behalf of the SENS work team, we wish you a happy year ahead! As always, we thank you for your continuing support for our initiative, that continues to contribute to the incredible field of alternative education and transformative learning.

With Warm Regards,

 

Arjun Kumar

Fundraising Coordinator

The INEB Institute 


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Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation

Location: Bangkok - Thailand
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Theodore Mayer
Bangkok , Bangkok Thailand
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