Goducate believes that learning should not be confined to the classroom. Here in the literacy centers in Sabah, despite our limited resources, skills, and manpower, we try our best to organize extra-curricular activities and competitions, to encourage the children to be active learners, to give the teachers the chance to enhance their creativity, and to build harmonious relationships with the local community.
For our 2nd English Week Celebration each center was free to arrange itss own program of group and individual presentations, interpretative reading contests for intermediate level students, spelling contests for levels 2 and 3, and a poem contest for level 1. Some centers also included cultural and modern dances as their special intermission numbers. At every center, the whole community, especially the students’ parents and relatives, got involved.
The plan to draw all the winners from each literacy center to compete for the finals at the main center probably contributed to the enthusiasm and excitement. But first we gathered all the teachers together to let them understand that the event should teach students and parents healthy competition and good sportsmanship.
What really amazed me most was to see the transformation in a little pupil, who during class would be sitting on the floor very quietly. During the competition, wearing shoes for the first time, he stood confidently and performed his best in front of many people. When he received much applause while holding a trophy and wearing a medal, I’m sure that this kid realized that there is a world outside his own village that he could enter and succeed in. This realization should help him to dream more and even to dream big.
The world that lies ahead for this generation of children is likely to be more competitive than the one we are in today. The children being served by the Goducate literacy centers in Sabah are at a particular disadvantage because they do not have access to state education. We hope that the little that we can offer them will be able to give them a chance to compete in the outside world.
I visited the Goducate Children’s Home in Cambodia again recently to see what new strategies could be applied to significantly improve food sufficiency for the children and staff at the Home. One of these focuses on rice production at two separate lowland parcels with an aggregate area of 0.8 hectare.
The past attempts in growing rice at the Home led to yields that were dismally low because of poor… Continue reading
Earlier this month, Goducate Children’s Home, Cambodia, welcomed 5 new children into the “family”. These children, Nat, Lynn, Kanya, Mon and Nia, come from Battambang, a 12-hour drive away from the Home. They come from very poor homes and have received little education. They came to the Home in hope of a better education and a better life in the future.
The new children were taken for medical check-ups… Continue reading
Since Goducate aims to help needy Asians help themselves, Bangladesh is a country that has attracted its attention.
Recently, Bangladesh was in the news because of a horrific factory collapse that killed over 1100 garment workers. I was in the country when that accident took place.
Bangladesh is the most densely populated large country. It has about 160 million people (half of US population) squeezed into a land… Continue reading