HARVARD VS YALE // It was his first time watching football (American football that is!) and our poor student got into trouble for shouting along with some Yale fans when Harvard had lost a point; he really needs to learn more about the rules of the game! Now at Harvard, pursing a Master of Public Health, we recently caught up with him to see how he's doing. . . . Continue reading LIFE AS A HARVARD GRADUATE STUDENT at link in bio.
ARE YOU RAIN MAN? // They probably think it's strange, but it's second nature for us to take notes. While Chloe remembers pretty much everything, we still like to document. When we saw our teacher trainee's first lesson plan, it was merely 1 line long! He's much better now and is even eager to practice his writing. // for more, read our blog (link in bio).
LIGHT UP // So fortunately we've been able to set up night study sessions at the government school. The school is also providing some extra light - as you can see on the top right corner. Since we started these night sessions, some students from the other grades are now following suit and joining us here as well...getting some momentum! // for more, read our blog (link in bio).
Today we helped clean the monastery compound. Hope you had a nice weekend! // more on our blog (link in bio).
LEFT IN THE DUST // Books and computers covered with dust - sitting there unopened and unused. In the cities and in the villages, we've seen it in both. When we forget about the daily electricity, the indoor plumbing, and the laptops connected to Wi-Fi and just look at the learning that's happening, it's pretty much the same. Lessons done on the projector with a laptop are the same as on the blackboard with chalk. Lessons done in an air conditioned classroom with brick walls are the same as in an open air classroom with thatched bamboo walls. Not to say we don't need tools and equipment and materials - we do! - but we also need trained teachers and staff to run the school effectively. // more on our teacher training, link in bio.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? // One local teacher said, “Wait, wait, wait. He thinks our trainee is always in a hurry to do things, but our trainee believes without encouraging others and being proactive, things won't change.// Continue on our blog (link in bio).
DANCING QUEEN // We had just finished washing in the river, and on our way back home, we were met by this lady who gave a thumbs up to Chloe and started dancing. You see, Chloe had become quite popular amongst the locals after she joined them in dancing at the water festival months earlier. // for more, read our blog (link in bio).
IS THAT MULAN AND CINDERELLA ? // Yes, actually some did say that Chloe looked like Cinderella, but they were particularly bewildered by Van, who kind of looked like them, but couldn't really speak the local language. Here was our first time meeting the students back in 2016. // for more, read our blog (link in bio).
ALL THAT'S LEFT // It's been about 2 months since we left due to the conflict; and upon return, we visited some of the areas in our township that were affected. // Aung Free, NEH Local Teacher Trainee // Rathedaung Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma)