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Manila Sector


AMSAI Ananda Kuranga, Maharlika

This year on July 1st AMSAI Ananda Kuranga opened with 24 children, The children are aged from 3 to 6 years. The school is being managed by the sectorial rector A'carya' Bodhaprajinananda A'vt. The school building was constructed by Padma and her husband Pranesh from the USA. They also provided some of the school materials such as tables and chairs. Gayatri from Manila donated office and school teaching materials.
The purpose of opening this school is to provide community service to the people around the Master Unit. Most of the people in the village near the Master Unit are living bellow the poverty line, so this school is a great help to their children.


Georgetown Sector


San Francisco Village, Brazil -

Update on The Rising Sun Kindergarten

The Rising Sun Kindergarten attends the children of the Francisco Village, a poor community neighbor to our MU Ananda Kiirtana, where around 400 people live in poverty. The high consumption of alcohol is part of the social problems that prevail in this region. Concerned with this socio-economical scenario, AMURT / AMURTEL have been trying to contribute to improve the quality of life in the region since 1990. This was the 1st school to be founded on a Master Unit in Georgetown Sector. In 2002 we achieved, through donations and great efforts, building a new building. Our school currently serves 27 children between 2 and 6 years of age in the morning time. Throughout this region, it is the only school that works with children in this age group.

In the afternoon we are starting a new project working with 20 teenagers who live in San Francisco Village. The program is being very well received. Our school is considered a model throughout the region, and even for schools in the city, thanks to the neohumanist education philosophy, the large space for recreation and games and the cleanliness of our facilities. With the help of some donations and a system of patronage we ensure the minimum necessary to run the school.

The directress Trivenii and the teachers Pavitrii and Parvatii are the ones responsible for the school. This year we celebrated 19 years of existence of our school with a big party attended by over 100 people, among the many current and former students. With Grace we hope to grow more and more in order to serve more children and teenagers, and keep on doing this wonderful work.



Kahira Sector


Centru Tbexbi (Sunrise Centre), Malta

News taken from their monthly newsletters

50 children registered for the Summer Club this year, among them a record number of little ones; in fact half of them were between 4 and 7 years old. The Summer Club ran every day from 9am till noon, same as last year. Activities varied between indoor games and outdoor sports for all groups. Activities included play dough for the little ones, painting and paper mache, creating our ideal sustainable island, making our own newspaper, computer games, dancing and whatever creative ideas our volunteers came up with to make the sessions as enjoyable for the children as possible, while at the same time being educational.

An innovative element, in line with the theme of this year’s summer club, i.e. Nature Takes Care, were the weekly outings. The children of Centru Tbexbix spoke, played, saw, sang and visited places connected with the environment.

At the end of August, during the party with the parents for the closure, they showed all the little important achievements to the audience present for the occasion including songs, dancing and asanas.


Reflections

After the end of every programme Didi, Katherine and volunteer staff sit together for a number of sessions to reflect and evaluate the programme and repeatedly check whether the activities are measuring up to the benchmarks required from a project to deserve to be called a Neohumanistic Education project. In the case of this year’s summer club, once again there was a lot of positive feedback from all volunteers: “In our lessons we don’t privilege just one skill or intelligence but we work on all intelligences, physical, creative, artistic, cognitive, interpersonal, emotional, social… “ wrote Chiara Guida. “ The children are becoming really good in problem solving, sharing, working in teams. They learn that what they do affects others, and start to think of others’ needs” wrote Christine. “From watching my colleagues I learned a lot - the perseverance in using recycled stuff in the artistic and beautiful way of Chiara, the funny side of Katrine, the silent hard work of Christine, the multitasking capacity of Lawrence… were Chiara Zecchin’s comments. “I learned a lot from this experience. Using new techniques and moments of silence helped me to manage the children better.” commented Katrine.

Of course there are things we need to improve, and we need to continue going deeper into understanding better and better the individual as well as the collective needs of the community that we are trying to serve.


Volunteer training

Regular training is vital for staff development and revitalisation of the project. During September ten days were spent in retraining in preparation for the winter session starting in October. Again the focus was on planning, implementation and evaluation of each activity according to Neo humanistic Education guidelines. Special skills like teaching English in the phonetic way, classroom management, silent time and improving creativity were all topics addressed during the training.