A MUCH NEEDED BREAK // We've been up since 5 am as 15 men climbed onto the roof to take it down and replace it by 9 am. Then it took another 3 hours to clean up. Now, we're taking a break under the relentless mid-day sun. // Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar // Chloe Smith, NEH Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer // more on our blog (link in bio).
MONEY GROWS ON TREES // I was invited to a donation ceremony and the highlight for me was a big money tree of 1,000 Kyat notes. It needed two men to carry and had a very tall pole with a flag on top. This proved to be a real challenge for the two villagers tasked with transporting it safely to the monastery; they had to duck and dive under the roof and up the stairs, all the while taking care not to drop the treasured item. Fortunately they were in good spirits about it and I suspect that it is done every year, partly as a crowd pleaser. // Chloe Smith, NEH Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer // Kyauk Phyu, Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma) // more on our blog at link in bio
NO WORDS NEEDED // No words we can understand, just smiles, hand gestures, and open energy. She's also deaf, but whenever she sees us, she's excited to talk with us and we share a positive connection. // Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma) // More on our blog at link in bio
FAMILY DINNER / MEETINGS // When we taught at Rathedaung Township, we very often had meetings with the parents and discussed about the student's progress and what we needed to work on. This usually happened every night, as one of our students would invite us for dinner at their house. Therefore, we have been to every student's house and been able to build trust with the parents. Whenever we saw them, we friendly greeted each other. Having a strong parent-teacher relationship, we understood each other's expectations and found ways to work together. // Aung Free, NEH Local Teacher Trainee // Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma) Continue reading BUILDING STRONG PARENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS at link in bio
When my students explain that girls have babies and have no other ambitions, I find myself nodding and thinking of the countless girls from my high school that had children around 16 or 17 years old and seemed content that was then their destiny fulfilled. It appears the general attitude of parents towards education in rural Myanmar is one that I have heard many times from my mother and friends when speaking of their parents: the small village attitude of an education being a waste because you don’t need to read and write, especially not the fancy languages, in order to be a farmer or work in a factory. // Chloe Smith, NEH Director of Operations and Teacher Trainer // More on our blog (link in bio).
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Rice, fish and vegetables were served at the monastery for the Thadingyut Full Moon Festival. Around 400 people arrived, including those from the surrounding villages. // Man Aung Island, Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma)
Lighting candles for Thadingyut Full Moon Festival // Man Aung Island, Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma) More on our blog (link in bio).
It was a huge event as around 400 people gathered at the monastery for the Thadingyut Full Moon Festival. The young people helped prepare the food and set the tables, including some of our university students here. // Zaw Free, NEH Local Teacher Trainee // Man Aung Island, Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma)