Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar

by Whispering Seed
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Support Teacher Trainings in rural Myanmar
Visiting Palestine Peace Center in Bethlehem
Visiting Palestine Peace Center in Bethlehem

Dear Friends and Family

We are very excited to share a little about the work we have been involved in during the last few months for the Teacher Training projects. 


International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) Israel

At the end of March I had the pleasure of accompanying five teacher, principles and educators from Kachin State to the 24th annual IDEC in Israel. We were very excited about the opportunity to bring these teachers to the conference in Israel. 

Our friends from Israel are work in extremely innovative programs linking democratic schools, public schools and the Ministry of Education. It is exciting work and an extremely unique opportunity to visit the schools and meet with people first hand. 

We were able to meet with participants at the conference from over 40 different countries, all running democratic schools. Within Israel, we were able to take trips around Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and other cities to see some of the innovative schools in action, where we were able to meet with students, teachers and parents. 

We also had the rare opportunity to visit Palestine and meet with a Palestinian Peace Group. They took us to see some of their work in Bethlehem and also in Hebron. It was a unique experience for the Kachin delegation to see and experience and discuss with Palestinians with the challenges they face. 

During the conference, the venue for next year IDEC 2018 was chosen to be held in India. We have agreed to help suppor the conference in India and will be traveling for planning meetings in July this year and will be working to support networking for holistic education in South and Southeast Asia. 

The conference in Israel was a wonderful learning experience for all of us!

Kachin Church-based Community Schools

As you may remember we have been working with several community schools in Kachin State, supporting them with Holistic Education Teacher Training Projects and also with natural building projects through Whispering Earth, to support the skills development for them to build their own schools. 

We made another trip up to Myitkyina, Kachin State to work on planning for the next phase of building the community school at Nawng Nang. Preparations were made and due to early rains this year, we have decided to postpone the building of 2 more classrooms until the end of the rains in October. 

We are excited to keep you posted on further developments with the Kachin schools and also with the other trainings we are involved in. 

Thank you so much for all of your kind support and we are happy to share this report with you. 

Our first amazing Israeli meal in Tel Aviv
Our first amazing Israeli meal in Tel Aviv
Some of the Kachin teachers sharing Kachin pride
Some of the Kachin teachers sharing Kachin pride
The wall separating the city and refugee camp
The wall separating the city and refugee camp
Another planning meeting and wonderful meal
Another planning meeting and wonderful meal
The divided city of Hebron, Palestine
The divided city of Hebron, Palestine
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Play for Peace Training in rural Shan School
Play for Peace Training in rural Shan School

Dear friends and supporters of our Teacher Training Programs here in Myanmar,

We are happy to share some further images of the bamboo roof structure from the Shwenadi Monastic School building project. We are now in the process of designing the walls of the training hall and hope to start soon!!

In January, we had the privilege to travel far into the Eastern part of Shan State. We met a monk who has been part of our trainings and he has requested us to do some work with him on a new land that he recently received. He runs a small monastic school and hopes to open a larger school for children living in the rural area of that part of Shan State who have no access to schools.

We traveled over 12 hours in a caravan with four vehicles and over 30 Buddhist monks to see the new land and site for the new school and training centre. On our way, we were able to visit many small, very rural Shan schools. We worked with the young monks who then were able to lead the Play for Peace sessions with the children out in the forest. It was an amazing time!!

The land for the school and training centre is in the middle of a pristine river and the land is a 65 acre island with over 20 waterfalls dotted throughout the island in the river. We spent several days assessing the land and discussing possibilities for the protection of the land and the development of the school and training centre. We are looking forward to starting working with the local teams over the next few months. We will work with teacher training, and design for the land and other projects.

We are looking forward to sharing more updates on the trainings we will be providing for the groups in Eastern Shan State over the next few months. In the meantime, we continue our work in Northern Myanmar, Kachin State and will be traveling there this coming week to continue work on the development of the community school which will now also act as a children’s orphanage to house many of the children currently caught in the conflict in Kachin State. We are also working with our Kachin partners planning a trip to the International Democratic Education Conference, which will happen in Israel at the end of the month. Keep posted for more details!!

Warmly,

Jim

65 Acre Island Retreat Centre in Shan State
65 Acre Island Retreat Centre in Shan State
Play for Peace Training in the forest
Play for Peace Training in the forest
Young monks leading the new training sessions
Young monks leading the new training sessions
Entrance into the 65 acre island by raft
Entrance into the 65 acre island by raft
Design team with monk from Eastern Shan State
Design team with monk from Eastern Shan State
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Creating a demonstration Herb Spiral
Creating a demonstration Herb Spiral

Dear friends and supporters of our Teacher Training Programs here in Myanmar,

In our last report we updated you on the natural building training program we conducted at Shwenadi Monastic School. The school in the dry zone houses about 450 children, the majority of whom are girls, and does a great deal of work in fostering environmentally friendly practices within its own grounds and amongst the local community. We brought over a team of expert bamboo builders from Indonesia to help teach local craftsmen how to build with bamboo and begin construction of new training hall.

We are delighted to announce work on the building’s roof is now complete. It is so heartening to see how the local team absorbed the new skills with such diligence and mastery to create an amazing focal point for the school. In addition to the physical benefits of having much needed new training space Shwenadi has seen a number of high profile visits as a result of our work there. This has attracted more resources to this wonderful monastic school and is helping improve the educational experience of all its students each and every day.

 

Regular supporters of our work will know this is our second major bamboo construction project. The first being a community school building in Myitkyina, Kachin State northern Myanmar. Despite their initial reservations about building with earth the community is delighted with their classroom and is now fundraising to build further community schools. We will provide support with the design and technical questions but are so happy to see how the community are taking this forward independently and wish them all the best in providing vital education infrastructure to these oft neglected communities.

 

As part of our work with Socially Engaged Monastic Schools we conducted Permaculture training during their annual teacher training program. We are honoured to work with such progressive partners who understand the value of holistic education. The teachers were given an introduction to permaculture including practical work making terraced medicinal herb beds and sheet mulching the raised beds which will be use chicken tractor model, and even did a wonderful herb spiral.

Training of Trainers Workshop w/SEMS
Training of Trainers Workshop w/SEMS
Learning Contour with Medicinal Herb Beds
Learning Contour with Medicinal Herb Beds
Sheet Mulch beds for Chicken Tractor
Sheet Mulch beds for Chicken Tractor
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Building the bamboo training centre in dry zone
Building the bamboo training centre in dry zone

Dear friends and supporters of our Teacher Training Programs here in Myanmar.

 

We have had yet another very busy few months here in Myanmar. It is now the middle of the rainy season and things have settled down a bit as we make plans for the next few months.


During the last months, we have been focusing some of our energies on sharing new skills in earth and bamboo construction. We have been working with a team of Indonesian trainers who are bringing these new skills of treating, constructing and sustainable propagation of bamboo.

 

Our focus in has been on the development of one of the Buddhist monastic schools which we work with in the Dry Zone of Myanmar. Shwenadi monastic school is home to almost 450 ethnic Chin children. We have been supporting the monk to build a sustainable training centre at the school, made of mud and constructed with bamboo framing and roofing.

 

We constructed the first training hall to accommodate over 60 participants. The next buildings will include sleeping accommodation for the participants, a dining hall and kitchen and accommodation for the trainers.

 

This is a long term project aimed at building the capacity of the locals involved in the project. Part of the work is to train a group of local Myanmar workers to become skilled trainers in bamboo treatment, construction and propagation.

 

The training was a huge success and over 80 participants showed for the first two days. The rest of the training had over 35 participants all the way until the end of the training. We have made plans to continue supporting the monastery to finish the building over the next few months.

 

Besides the building at Shwenadi, we are now planning two more bamboo trainings to support the development of another school and learning center in Southern Shan State working primarily with ethnic Pa-O communities.

 

During the last few months we also supported another trip to Thailand with a group of Senior Buddhist monks and nuns from Myanmar to learn about holistic education, community development and sustainability. Our work with SEMS (Socially Engaged Monastic Schools) will continue.

 

We are looking forward to share more news as the next projects begin in the coming months!!!

 

Warmly,

Jim 

Bamboo team learning new skills
Bamboo team learning new skills
Mt Poppa in background of new training centre
Mt Poppa in background of new training centre
New bamboo buildings skills
New bamboo buildings skills
Monks and nuns learning holistic education
Monks and nuns learning holistic education
Monks and nuns closing circle for learning trip
Monks and nuns closing circle for learning trip
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Community Building in Nawng Nang Kachin State
Community Building in Nawng Nang Kachin State

Greeting All!!!

 

As weather heats up here in Kalaw, we are moving closer to the Myanmar new years festival known as Thingyan. The last 3 months continue to keep us busy working with teachers and schools around the country.

 

Recently we have been focusing on natural building, specifically on teaching  preservation and building with bamboo. We have held 3 different trainings in 3 different 

 

Nawng Nang Community School (Kachin State)

Together with partners in Kachin State, we are supporting the development of 13 community schools. We are offering support through trainings in earthen and bamboo building, in order to build the capacity of locals in order that they can build their own schools.

 

Ja Noi is a 23 year old teacher living and working in the Nawng Nang community about 40 minutes outside the city of Myitkyina in Kachin State. She is a new teacher working with Grade 1 and has been active in the design and building of the school with her students. She and her students helped in the actual design of the building and helped in mixing the mud for the mud bricks and also building the walls and foundation. It has been a true community engagement process!

 

We have spent the last few months working on brick making and then building a beautiful stone foundation for the 2 new classrooms.  During February and March we focused on building the walls of the classrooms and now in Mid-April we will bring in the Indonesian trainers to teach all of us how to work with bamboo and build the magnificent bamboo roof.

 

Naung Taung Monastic School as Eco School Model (Southern Shan State)

On January 9-8th we hosted the first of our series of Bamboo Workshops here in Myanmar. Together with local facilitators and one expert bamboo trainer, we taught a group of 40 participants from all over Myanmar how to preserve bamboo using a heated borax method. The participants came from monastic schools, church schools, community schools, NGO’s and community development projects. During the training we built the first treatment tanks and taught the process of treating the bamboo which will allow the bamboo used in buildings and schools which usually last only 3-5 years, a much longer and more sustainable lasting time of 30-40 years!

 

The training was a huge success and 2 groups of participants were then able to replicate the training and build tanks in Myikyina, Kachin State and Kyaubadaung, Dry Zone.  The team at Naung Taung Monastic School, serving over 1,500 ethnic Pa-O children, currently continues to process and treat bamboo in order for our 2nd workshop there in November to build the first eco classroom there using earth and bamboo.

 

Shwenadi Monastic School (Kyaubadaung, Dry Zone)

This monastic school situation in the Dry Zone of Myanmar, serves almost 500 ethnic Chin children who come from along the Indian border. Part of the reason for choosing the monastery to work with is because of the Head monk, U Yuzana, has been very active in community development and environmental projects. We had already worked with their teachers previously providing holistic education training and now we are working at ‘greening’ their campus to be a sustainable model within Myanmar.

 

Using Permaculture design principles for the entire campus of the school and building with earth and bamboo, we are now supporting the senior Buddhist abbot to have a training center which will be used for his school, the local community and the network of CBO’s (Community Based Organizations) which work with them throughout the country.

 

We are now in the process of making bricks and starting the foundation of Training Hall, Kitchen and Dining Hall, Trainer and Trainee accommodation. All of the buildings will be made of earthen adobe bricks and the roof structure will be bamboo.

 

In July, another team of Indonesian bamboo experts will arrive for a second Bamboo Construction Workshop here in Myanmar. Treatment tank workshop has already been held and bamboo is just starting to be treated in preparation for the workshop in July.

 

National Network for Education Reform (NNER)

Together with one of our partners here in Myanmar, Socially Engaged Myanmar Society (SEMS), we support the newly formed NNER to attend an exposure tour in Thailand to look at education and community development projects. NNER is working on education reform in Myanmar and aiming to revise the national curriculum of the country.

 

We continue to work with NNER for training sessions here in Myanmar and also for a second possible exposure tour in India to explore holistic education and mother tongue language in schools.

 

As you can see, it has been yet another busy few months and we are excited to share the next projects with you in 3 months time.

 

Warmly,

Jim 

Kachin students making bricks for their school
Kachin students making bricks for their school
Bamboo Treatment Tank Training in Pa-O community
Bamboo Treatment Tank Training in Pa-O community
Shwenadi Sustainable Training Center in Monastery
Shwenadi Sustainable Training Center in Monastery
Shwenadi monk "greening" his monastic school
Shwenadi monk "greening" his monastic school
View of Mt Poppa from Shwenadi Training Center
View of Mt Poppa from Shwenadi Training Center
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