Over the last week we have been following a group of eight wonderful teachers from Australia as they make their way through the SeeBeyondBorders annual volunteer teacher trip.
The teachers have remained upbeat in the heat; when confronted by challenging workshops and when struck down by illness. They are made of incredibly strong stuff. Throughout days eight and nine our team of staff help the teachers understand more about how all of our programmes fit together. As well as continuing to run ‘Teach the Teacher’ workshops they also join with health and fitness days as part of our ‘Getting to School’ programme. These programmes are vital in ensuring the children are healthy and happy. They aim to reduce the number of days that children need to take off school due to sickness by teaching basic hand-washing and teeth cleaning. They also aim to create an environment where learning is fun and isn’t just about being in the classroom.
Day 8 and 9
The team split into various groups to continue our workshops on patterning techniques and to help run the art visioning, sports and health days. There was a great turnout from the community.
Jenny from the group told us about her experiences.
“The day with the children and the sports carnival brought me closer to the familiar. Organising children, laughing with them, encouraging them and playing.
“The art visioning program was an absolute privilege to be a part of. Parents and grandparents sharing their stories and making connections through our love and care for our children and shared dreams about our children’s education and the future we want for them. Through drawing and art we worked with the SeeBeyondBorders team to foster deeper relationships with community in school life. Art the great equaliser.
“We touched each other through our stories, we guided tentative hands on canvasses of fabric and we put paint on hands that have raised and nurtured children to create a tree of painted hands.
“Today is a day I will never forget and I feel changed and more aware that at the end of the day we love our children and we just want them to feel cared for safe and happy.”
Out ‘Teach the Teacher’ workshops, teaching a number of mathematics techniques continued throughout the two days and the group were thrilled to get the feedback that they did from the teachers they were working with. The Khmer teachers they have spent the past few days with gave them amazing feedback.
They told us;
“Thanks for all your hard work to transfer skills and knowledge to us. I commit to take all what I learned here to teach my students. This will make my students quickly improve their knowledge and become smarter and smarter.”
The group told us; “We’re spending the next few days travelling to Siem Reap. We bid a very fond farewell to Battambang and a wonderful group. We’re going to be exploring the temples of Angkor and then working with a whole new group of schools where SeeBeyondBorders works.”
To find out more visit: www.seebeyondborders.org