One Month Winter Program for School Children
6 January 2015 to 6 February 2015
A month long winter program is organized specially to improve language skill and to prepare students’ new academic year. Additionally we hoped that by organizing such a program, we could aid the parents in keeping the child off the busy McLeod road and let them do some constructive class work for a month from their long winter vacation. Like last year’s winter program, we prepared ourselves with four main subjects; Tibetan, English, Science and mathematics. Unlike the first winter program, this time we got hundred and six students from class six to nine. Thus, we allotted them into class A, B, C, and D, with three classes each day from Monday to Friday. The orientation was on 5th of January and we had our program concluded on 6th of February. A day’s class started from 9’0clock in the morning and ended at 12pm. A small chart to shows number of participants for this winter program from 5th of January to 6th of February, 2015:
- Due to outnumbered registration of student in the following week; we came up with an afternoon class of Science and Mathematics for grade eight and nine student from 2-4 pm.
- Other than the main winter program for the school children, we also provided language classes as well. Chinese was taught by Ilisa from 9 to 11 am. Since her class consists of students with different level of Chinese language, she divided her class hour into primary and intermediate level (the main focus was on reading and conversation), Ilisa took her class in the Café as the morning classes occupied all the class rooms. Tenzin Zompa taught Basic English to adults from 2-4 pm.
Wednesday and Friday afternoons we had extra activity period from 2-4 pm. Though in our initial plan we left Wednesdays for talk by scholars on various topics, sadly our participants were far too young to take any talk seriously. Moreover, we had to cancel few curriculums which were pre-planned like handicraft making session and the hiking on 7th of February because amount of children were far too large to handle properly by few staffs. So, in order to tune with our kids, we did our best to come up with other activities instead. Despite few off days of bad weather, we organized;
- Gen Tenpa La’s Talk; Sarah college Tibetan professor Gen Tenpa la gave a talk on Tibetan Language and its importance in modern day Tibetan people’s life. Though the talk was very relevent and good, we feel like our small kids failed to grasp the jest out of the talk. Yet, we must say it was benefiting to many of other listeners as well (Suja school’s student).
- Story telling games; It was really fun and a very good way to let the students come up on the stage and narrate stories. Despite the innate shyness of Tibetan Kids, that day almost every one of them involved themselves in the activities. Yeshi Lhundup gave special prize to participants and that also warmed up the whole curriculum.
- Yeshi’s talk on How to Go to Tibet; Our Director Yeshi Lhundup re-enacted his journey to Tibet through narration and power point presentation which is very visual and informative, above all it smartly captured students’ attention.
- Movie shows; Initially, we had few movies in our pocket to show but then, our kids need more of entertainment, henceforth, we came up with Disney movies like-How to train Your Dragon 2 and Maleficent.
- Quiz; We selected five students from each class and mixed all of them into five groups named after five famous places in Tibet (Lhasa, Kumbum, Karze, Shigatse and Chamdo) to compete each other. For the quiz questions, we had-
- Tibetan quiz headed by Gen Tenzin Phakpa
- English and entertainment quiz by Tenzin Lhakdon
- Sports quizzed by Tenzin Lhundup
- Mathematics quizzed by Tsering Wangmo
- Geography quizzed by Patricia
- There were lots of questions to the audience as well. That program was one of the most successful of all; not only the kids but even teachers learned a lot from it. Prizes were given to winners and those from audience who answered correctly.
- Talent show; This was held on the last working day of the whole winter program, 6th of February. We had eighteen participants from different levels and their talent varies from poetry recitation, dramatic monologues, dance performance and singing songs of different countries.
- Paper Making Handicraft; An afternoon with Judy and six students on the rooftop was all about making, creating and recycling papers. Judy taught them how to make papers out of used and unwanted papers-we considered waste!
*Despite our initial schedule we did have to cancel a few of the planned activities like the hiking, talks and handicraft making, due to limited staff numbers.
Problems we faced & Future lessons for Tibet World
- The first day of our orientation went haywire, we set 10am to 10:30 as the time for the students to take their card from us but parents showed up earlier than 9am to ask for the cards. So next time it will be better to set the opening time of the orientation day at 9am. We also need to put the registration desk outside to control the crowd properly. And it can also add as an organisational advertisement at the same time.
- We announced the registration for the program three weeks before 5th of February but parents and student alike turned up to register on the last day! The worst thing was people came to register even when the registration date was over and class filled full. We as the admins failed to control the registration… thus, the number of student went from sixty to over hundred, leading to over-crowed class room and impossible to control ever- active small kids.
- Like every other NGO of our sort, we struggled to get the number of teachers we required. Especially, for mathematics and science. We even paid 200 Rupees per student in fees for our class nine science and maths teacher. And due to lack of teachers our own staff had to take classes, putting aside their designated jobs. That really hindered the overall outcome and smooth running of our program. As written before, due to lack of volunteers of both teachers and other staff, we end up doing everything, for instance the director also ended up teaching in an absent teacher’s class, leaving his office closed or sometime he was somewhere in the kitchen preparing lunch.
- As for the class attendance, we faced no problems from class six and seven… they may be naughty but their class puctuality was way better than class eight and nine. Class nine students attended maths and science classes properly but they otherwise skipped or paid less attention to English and Tibetan classes. Teachers from class nine often complained student’s lack of interest as well as lack of response.
- Need more teachers and volunteers
- Need to reduce the amount of students registered, so that we can produce better result and we need to stick to the plan, try not to admit more students than planned to take.
- Raise the registration fees so that we can give scholarship to students with financial shortage. It can also increase the profit for the organisation.
- A foreigner volunteer suggested that it will be useful if there is more information about the organisation on the net, so that they will get better idea about what they can do for the organisation prior to their visit here in India.
- Another long time volunteer urged us to take care of the books in the Education office as well as the books downstairs because some are really rare and expensive to get.
The one month program finished in one quick wink with overflowing of small kids in every nook and corner of the building but when assessed minutely, we can proudly conclude that it succeeds as we initially planned. Back to Annual Reports