The EARCOS Triannual JOURNAL
A Link to Educational Excellence in East Asia
Featured in this Issue
Curriculum A Lesson in Gamifying the Classroom Green & Sustainable Biodigesting in Bangkok EdThought Crisis, Trust, and the Nature of Change
The EARCOS JOURNAL
The ET Journal is a triannual publication of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools(EARCOS), a nonprofit 501(C)3, incorporated in the state of Delaware, USA, with a regional office in Manila, Philippines. Membership in EARCOS is open to elementary and secondary schools in East Asia which offer an educational program using English as the primary language of instruction, and to other organizations, institutions, and individuals. Objectives and Purposes * To promote intercultural understanding and international friendship through the activities of member schools. * To broaden the dimensions of education of all schools involved in the Council in the interest of a total program of education. * To advance the professional growth and welfare of individuals belonging to the educational staff of member schools. * To facilitate communication and cooperative action between and among all associated schools. * To cooperate with other organizations and individuals pursuing the same objectives as the Council. EARCOS BOARD OF TRUSTEES David Toze, President (International School Manila) Thomas Farrell, Vice President (Kaohsiung American School) Tarek Razik, Treasurer (The International School of Beijing) Margaret Alvarez (ISS International School) Diane Lewthwaite (Fukuoka International School) Anna Marsden (International School Suva) David Condon (Canadian Academy) James MacDonald (NIST International School) Office of Overseas Schools REO: EARCOS STAFF Executive Director: Assistant Director: Vitz Baltero Ver Castro Robert Sonny Viray Editor: Bill Oldread Associate Editor: Edzel Drilo Richard Krajczar Bill Oldread Elaine Repatacodo Edzel Drilo Rod Catubig Jr.
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Colleagues: I wish everyone the very best for the 2014-15 school year! A special welcome to 27 new heads of school, five new schools, and one affiliate school for a total of 142. We now have over 110,000 students, and over 13,360 teachers and administrators! As we grow, we are still committed to providing the best quality professional development and support for the educators in our region. The 2014 EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) October 31 to November 2 is scheduled for the Sutera Harbor Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. (North Borneo!) We have an excellent group of presenters, and it should be an outstanding conference with keynoters Larry Rosenstock “Changing the Subject” —What should students learn in the 21st century— and Joesphine Kim, a former student at one of our international schools in Korea and now at Harvard —Transcending the “Single Story” — inspired by Novelist Chimamanda Adichie— as well as Leadership Stories by our own heads of EARCOS schools. We will also have a host of special presenters and EARCOS leaders offering practical, hands-on workshops. Please review the EARCOS sponsored events on the last page of this magazine. It is a full year of activities, with 53 weekend workshops (largest number to date.) Last year, our weekend workshops were attended by nearly 1900 teachers.These are truly some of the best and most cost-effective professional learning experiences available. Thanks to our small, medium, and large schools who will host these events this year. All of us have been following the JIS story as it unfolded over the summer. Two of our JIS teacher colleagues are still in custody as I write. All of our thougthts and prayers go out to Tim Carr and his team. One never knows when a crisis like this will happen in our schools and communities. The best we can do is try to be”wise before the event” and we shall address some of these issues at the ELC in October. I look forward to seeing many of you in Kota Kinabalu, and I wish you all the best for a most successful and rewarding school year. We hope you enjoy our EARCOS Journal. Please remember that it is our mission to help you in your task of school leadership. Keep in touch with Bill Oldread’s E-Connect and the EARCOS community on Google Plus.
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Dick Krajczar Executive Director Check out our updated website at www.earcos.org and read our E-Connect blog at earcos-connect.tumblr.com
East Asia Regional Council of Schools Brentville Subdivision, Barangay Mamplasan Biñan, Laguna, 4024, Philippines PHONE: 63-02-697-9170 FAX: 63-49-511-4694 WEBSITE: www.earcos.org (L-R) Robert Viray, Dick Krajczar, Edzel Drilo, Rod Catubig, Bill Oldread, Ver Castro, Vitz Baltero, and Elaine Repatacodo
In this Issue
45th Annual Leadership Conference 2014 Theme: Walking the Talk: Putting “International” into Education 13th Annual Teachers’ Conference 2015 (see page 33)
Approved Weekend Workshops SY 2014-2015
Welcome New EARCOS members
- New Heads - New High School Principals - New Middle School Principals - New Elementary School Principals - New Associate Institutions - New Individual Members
One of the services EARCOS provides to its member schools throughout the year is the sponsorship of two-day workshops and institutes for faculty and administration. The topics for these workshops are determined according to the needs of members. Workshops are hosted by EARCOS schools.
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Global Citizenship Awardees Global Citizenship Community Grant In Memoriam: Dr. James Marvin Koerschen (1946-2014)
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Mother and infant - Total contentment. Proboscis Monkeys at Labuk Bay, Borneo. Proboscis Monkey (Large Male), or Dutch Monkey or Big Nose Monkey, Sabah, Borneo. The proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) or longnosed monkey, known as the bekantan in Malay, is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey that is endemic to the south-east Asian island of Borneo. The monkey also goes by the Malay name monyet belanda (Dutch monkey), or even orang belanda (Dutchman), as Indonesians remarked that the Dutch colonisers often had similarly large bellies and noses. This species of monkey is easily identifiable because of its unusually large nose. Photo by Roger Sargent Wildlife Photography www.flickr.com/photos/onemoreshotrog
- The Last Song - The Sea of Sorrow
The EARCOS Action Research Grant
In an ongoing effort to implement the EARCOS Strategic Plan, specifically Strategy E, to conduct, communicate, and archive relevant data and research to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices, grants will be made available to encourage our teachers, administrators, and professional staff to conduct action research to improve educational practices for the purpose of enhancing student learning. Action research is a reflective process, conducted in the school setting, to solve a real problem, or to improve and enhance the instructional process.This research may be undertaken by an individual, or by several people collaboratively. It is our belief that the results of such research will impact not only the researchers’ practices but also those of others with whom they share their findings.To that end, grantees will be expected to publish their findings, which will be made available to all EARCOS mem-bers on the website. Some researchers may elect to present their work at a subsequent ETC, ELC, or publish it in the EARCOS Journal. Please visit the EARCOS website for more information. www.earcos.org
Tutoring Nepalese Children in Hong Kong
Green & Sustainable
Biodigesting in Bangkok: ISB Learns about Sustainability A School in a Garden at NIST
Crisis, Trust, and the Nature of Change
The Laramie Project at taipei American School A Lesson in Gamifying the Classroom
Passionate Learners - Giving Our Classroom Back to Students The Box People
Contribute to the ET Journal
If you have something going on at your school in any of the following categories that you would like to see highlighted in the Summer issue please send it along to us: Faces of EARCOS - Promotions, retirements, honors, etc. Service Learning Campus Development - New building plans, under construction, just completed projects. Curriculum - New and exciting curriculum adoptions. Green and Sustainable - Related to campus development or to curriculum efforts. Student Art - We showcase outstanding student art in each edition. Press Releases Thank you for your help in allowing us to highlight the great things that are going on in EARCOS schools.
NIST Figure Skater Shines Light on Figure Skating in Thailand International School Nurses of Asia (ISNA)
Student Gallery: Featuring High School Art
On the Road with Dr. K Inside back coverage EARCOS Approved Weekend Workshops SY 2014-2015
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Welcome to 45th Annual EARCOS Leadership Conference 2014
The East Asia Regional Council of Schools is excited to invite you and your administrative staff as delegates at the 45th annual EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC2014) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, scheduled for October 31 through November 2, 2014. We have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters. Our keynoters are: Josephine Kim and Larry Rosenstock. We think the conference will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie. Conference Overview The theme of this year’s EARCOS Leadership Conference is Walking the Talk: Putting “International” into Education. Our keynote speakers are Josephine Kim and Larry Rosenstock as well as our lineup of special presenters will offer provocative glimpses of the future of education as well as practical ideas for the present. Conference website: http://www.earcos.org/elc2014/ If you have any questions, please contact the EARCOS office or email Vitz Baltero, ELC Coordinator at email@example.com
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Access International Academy Ningbo Jeff Walker Alice Smith School, The Roger Schultz American International School of Guangzhou Bernadette Carmody American Pacific International School Iva Scott Bali International School Denise Walsh Bandung Alliance International School Daniel Cooley Beijing International Bilingual Academy Vivian Gao Canadian International School of Hong Kong Gregg Maloberti Chadwick International School Charles Sachs Chatsworth International School Tyler Sherwood Dalian American International School Terry Wolfson Dominican International School Zenaida Ancheta, O.P. Dostyk American International School (Kazakhstan) Lory Thiessen Gyeonggi Suwon International School Harlan Lyso Hong Kong International School Linda Anderson Hsinchu International School Arturo Meneses International School of Myanmar Ambler Moss International School Riau Gena Engelfried Ipoh International School David Page Neil Korea International School-JeJu Campus Kristine Stamp-Jerabek North Jakarta International School Jorge Nelson Osaka International School Bill Kralovec Prem Tinsulanonda International School Alun Cooper Seoul Foreign School Colm Flanagan Stamford American International School Malcolm Kay Thai-Chinese (American) International School Steve Ballowe Tianjin International School Jim Belcher United World College of South East Asia Chris Edwards Yongsan International School of Seoul Ray Johnson
Welcome New High School Principals >>
Alice Smith School, The Sarah Howling American School of Bangkok, The Ryan Barnick Bali International School Helen Stanton Bandung International School Mark Brookes Beijing BISS International School Randal Lloyd Eplin Beijing International Bilingual Academy Jane Krader Brent International School Manila Sonia Bustamante Busan International Foreign School Iain Garioch Canadian International School of Hong Kong Tim Kaiser Chadwick International School Craig Williamson Chiang Mai International School James souza Dalian American International School Maureen McCoy Garden International School Nicola Mason Hillcrest International School Darren Berg International Community School - Bangkok Stephen Ladas International School of Brunei Richard Sellers International School of Qingdao Chris Dentel KIS International School Michael Hirsch Korea International School-JeJu Campus Kristine Stamp-Jerabek Nagoya International School Robin Klymow NIST International School Judith Curtis Saigon South International School John Kruk Singapore American School Darin Fahrney Stamford American International School Naomi Pawlik Vientiane International School Jo Loiterton Yangon International School Mr. Richard Arguello Yongsan International School of Seoul Dave Baniszewski
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New Members SY 2014-2015
Welcome New Middle School Principals >>
Alice Smith School, The Sarah Howling American School of Bangkok, The Ryan Barnick Bandung International School Mark Brookes Beijing International Bilingual Academy Jane Krader Chadwick International School Connie Kim Chiang Mai International School Nel Capadona Dalian American International School Maureen McCoy Ekamai International School Brenda Boudreaux Faith Academy, Inc. Walt Spicer Garden International School Nicola Mason International Christian School - Hong Kong Bryan Thompson International Community School - Bangkok William Sharp International School of Qingdao Simi Bhullar International School of Tianjin Mick Hilleson Korea International School-JeJu Campus David Swanson Nagoya International School Robin Klymow Nanjing International School Kasson Bratton NIST International School Judith Curtis QSI International School of Shekou Jocelyn Baker Ruamrudee International School Gretchen DePoint Seoul Foreign School Justin Smith Seoul International School Tim Teiman Shanghai American School Becky Read Shanghai Community Int’l School - Hangzhou Int’l School Tina Santilli Stamford American International School Naomi Pawlik Tianjin International School Chad Heimer Vientiane International School Jo Loiteron Wells International School - On Nut Campus Prerna Paryani Western Academy of Beijing Marina Frias Yangon International School Richard Arguello Yongsan International School of Seoul Brian Remsburg
Welcome New Elementary School Principals >>
Alice Smith School, The Kate Fuller American School of Bangkok, The Ryan Barnick Bali International School Justin Jarman Beijing BISS International School Shannon O’Dwyer Beijing International Bilingual Academy James Helbringer Chadwick International School Shelly Wille Chatsworth International School Mario Gauci Chiang Mai International School Nel Capadona Christian Academy in Japan Jean Hino International School of Beijing Clarissa Sayson International School of Phnom Penh Paula Baxter ISS International School Derek Pinchbeck Kaohsiung American School Dawn Kenniston KIS International School June van den Bos Korea International School-JeJu Campus Byron Prugh Nanjing International School Marina Gijzen Prem Tinsulanonda International School Anita McCallum Saigon South International School Dan Keller Seoul Foreign School Damian Prest Singapore American School David Hoss Stamford American International School Elise Guest Taejon Christian International School Mr. Mike Sciocchetti
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Taipei American School Tara Simeonidis Tianjin International School Kristie Mansell Wuhan Yangtze International School Guedy Saint-Germain Xiamen International School Angela Speirs Yongsan International School of Seoul Beverly Birmingham
New Members SY 2014-2015
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Welcome New Individual Members >>
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Fall 2014 Issue 7
Global Citizenship Awardees
Global Citizenship Awardees >>
List of Global Citizenship Award 2013-2014 Winners
This award is presented to a student who embraces the qualities of a global citizen. This student is a proud representative of his/her nation while respectful of the diversity of other nations, has an open mind, is well informed, aware and empathetic, concerned and caring for others encouraging a sense of community, and strongly committed to engagement and action to make the world a better place. Finally, this student is able to interact and communicate effectively with people from all walks of life while having a sense of collective responsibility for all who inhabit the globe. SCHOOL NAME OF STUDENT
Access International Academy Ningbo Natchaya Zhou American International School Hong Kong Young-Kyoung (Ruby) Kim American International School of Guangzhou Su Min (Sally) Park American Pacific International School Rangsimon (More) Pholcharoenchit American School in Japan, The Mahdi Fariss American School in Taichung Stephanie Lai Bali International School Lena Moral Bandung Alliance International School Kelly Hrabar Bandung International School Seung Beom Han Bangalore International School Virginia Valenti Bangkok Patana School Nancy Italiya Brent International School Baguio Kyuri Hong Brent International School Manila Arthur Benjamin Adapon Brent International School Subic Kimelton Kim Busan Foreign School Anastasia Gogiashvili Canadian Academy Kenta Baron-Furuyama Canadian International School of Hong Kong Jun Ho Yan Pang Cebu International School Agustin Dominic Laplana Chatsworth International School Laurence Barns Christian Academy in Japan Nineesha Koshy Concordia International School Shanghai Jessica Yu Dalat International School Benjamin Tse Dalian American International School Shreya Singh Dominican International School, Taipei Vicky Lin Faith Academy Manila Victoria Varberg Garden International School Kasumi Higewake Grace International School Somyung “Sharon” Kim Gyeonggi Suwon International School Katelyn S. Park Hangzhou International School Maiti Rooth Hong Kong Academy Wing Chi Leung Hong Kong International School Brittany Fried International Christian School of Hong Kong Timothy Chow International Community School (Singapore) Eugene Koo International School Bangkok Isabelle Mianelli Siman Fortuna International School Eastern Seaboard Emilia Kniola International School Manila Mariel Andrea Garcia Guzman International School of Beijing, The Vanessa Meng International School of Kuala Lumpur Anissa Saylany International School of Phnom Penh Sarah Woods-Killam International School of Qingdao (MTI) Paul Suk June Moon International School of Tianjin Kyoung Hwa Kim International School of Ulaanbaatar Nandin Natsagdorj International School Suva Ernest Gibson International School Yangon Theresa Yang Jakarta International School Mario Vega Kaohsiung American School Jackie Lin Korea Kent Foreign School Yehoon (Luke) Joo Kunming International Academy Olivia Su Lanna International School Thailand Benjamin Barraclough Marist Brothers International School Nayeoung Park
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Global Citizenship Awardees
Mont’Kiara International School Jilles Jan-Tijman Verwoerd Nagoya International School Kirsten Chen Nanjing International School Ziting (Michael) Wang NIST International School Zeyu Hu Northbridge International School Cambodia So Jung Ha Oberoi International School. Meghna Rangan Osaka International School Laraka Taniguchi Prem Tinsulanonda International School Nannaaphat (Grace) Siraboriphantakul QSI International School of Shekou Natalia Pilla Busato Ruamrudee International School Katherine Spahr Saigon South International School Fanny Perdu Saint Maur International School Estelle Guerin-Boutaud Seoul Foreign School Ian Kim Seoul International School Togo Tamura Shanghai American School - Pudong Campus Ashley Chen Shanghai American School - Puxi Campus Tiffany Thio Shanghai Community Int’l School-Hongqiao Campus Janie Chang-Weinberg Shanghai Community Int’l School-Pudong Campus Ching-Chuan (Fiona) Huang Shekou International School Ryan Yao Singapore American School Kaelan Faith Cuozzo Taejon Christian International School Julie Ji-hyun Kim Teda International School Takashi Harayama Thai-Chinese International School Chanatip Tang-Mo Sukprasert Tianjin International School Gemma Klopper United World College of South East Asia – Dover Campus Cristobal Arturo de Jesus Cintolesi Carvallo United World College of South East Asia – East Campus Shukri Ahmad Shahizam Utahloy International School Guangzhou Jung Woo Cho (Kelly) Vientiane International School Beautrice Soo Wells International School Akhil Shanishetti Western Academy of Beijing Dale Zhong Wuhan Yangtze International School David deMena Yokohama International School Kelly Chung Yongsan International School of Seoul Jae Eun Lee Beijing BISS International School Zekre Seyoum Mesfin Taipei American School Ting Wei (Juliana) Chang
Global Citizenship Community Grant >>
All of us here at EARCOS wish to extend our sincere congratulations to the following Global Citizens who have been chosen to receive an EARCOS Global Citizen Community Service Grant of $500 to further their excellent community work during this upcoming academic year. The recipients are: SOJUNG HA BRITTANY FRIED SALLY PARK BEATRICE SOO ASHLEY CHEN BENNY ADAPON NANCY ITALIYA Northbridge International School Cambodia Hong Kong International School American International School of Guangzhou Vientiane International School Shanghai American School Brent International School Manila Bangkok Patana School
Fall 2014 Issue 9
Dr. James Marvin Koerschen 1946-2014
Dr. James Marvin Koerschen died in Christ Thursday, July 17, 2014 at his home in Brighton, MI, surrounded by family. Jim was born to Marvin and Lorna (nee Miller) on July 31, 1946 in Glencoe, MN and shortly thereafter welcomed into God’s eternal family through the waters of baptism. Jim’s life of service to Christ’s Church included positions as teacher and band director at Lutheran High East, Detroit, MI; Associate Professor of Music and Dean of Students at Concordia University, TX; Associate Professor of Education and Dean of Student Affairs at Concordia University, Seward, NE; and President of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI. He also served as Executive Director--Enrollment Services at Kettering University, Flint, MI. Jim retired as Head of School from the award-winning Concordia International School, Shanghai, China where he also served as President of the Board of The Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). In his retirement Jim served as Executive Director of ACAMIS and on the Board of Family Life at Concordia University, Ann Arbor. He enjoyed music, reading, travel, and life on the lake. Jim will be remembered for his love of family as well as his leadership, generosity, hospitality, and warm friendships. Students and colleagues from around the world will remember PK or Dr. K as an innovative educator, kind mentor, and talented administrator. Jim was preceded in death by both parents and his older sister, Marion. He is survived by Joan (nee Miller), his loving wife of 44 years; brother Joel (Carolyn) of San Francisco, CA; daughters Miriam Rossow (Justin) of Ypsilanti, MI and Kristi Treat (Scott) of Galesburg, IL; seven grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws, and other loving extended family. Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School; Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, Music Department; or Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Family Life Program. Jim’s faith is shared by his family and we, along with him, await the great and glorious Day of the Lord. Come, Lord Jesus. Website for donations. https://gateway.frontrunnerpro.com/book-of-memories/1910404/Koerschen-James/donation.php
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A CONFERENCE THAT IS DIFFERENT
Started in 2007 by international school teachers in China, Learning 2.0 is a conference created and run by international school teachers for international school teachers. The name Learning 2.0 indicates that – like Web 2.0 services – this is not a static “read-only” conference with experts presenting to attendees. The intention is that participants are actively engaged and contributing to the learning that happens at the conference. The name also reveals that it is not technology or tools that is the focus, but learning and teaching. At a Learning 2.0 conference, participants are expected to “be different,” “be social,” and “be a connector.”
2 . 0 1 4 O C T. 2 - 4
Join us for Learning 2.0 Asia on October 2 - 4, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand! From the first conferences in Shanghai to the most recent one in Singapore, there has always been a tremendous spirit of community throughout a Learning 2.0 experience. This year’s theme at Learning 2.0 Asia is Empowering Community. From encouraging student entrepreneurship to helping parents in this time of constant connection; from creating a community of empowered teachers to connecting with the nontraditional student, this year’s conference promises to help you Empower Community in your classroom and in your school.
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Depression is the most common disorder amongst all mental illnesses. This disorder has physical and psychological symptoms,and can ultimately cause affected individuals to have a higher risk of committing suicide. The symptoms include:sad or depressed mood, and thelack of ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy activities. However, since it is commonly ignored as a disorder, many individuals go undetected and untreated for life. According to the World Health Organization (2011), “Major depression is the leading reason for disability worldwide.”Thus, it is important to recognize and effectively treat this disorder as it arises.(National Institute of Health).
The Last Song
He sang a lovely song but this song did not seem right You see, his voice was just a cry and his words were all his might He sang that lovely song in a style that lacked delight The chorus went on forever like a thousand painful bites That tune was just the melody of a heart filled with spite Those notes just sunk to the ground Like a dead star in the middle of night He sang and sang and didn’t let go until he couldn’t put up that fight The freedom that he showed in his voice slowly became so tight He then, had sung his last notes in a voice overpowered with fright The color that once lit up his verse suddenly became so white This was the end of the song he had sung slowly engulfed from that height He then jumped and fell too low his song was no longer in our sight
Artwork by Elizabeth Austin
The Sea of Sorrow
Have you drowned in the sea of sorrow? Have you been promised the relief of tomorrow? Alone, that is where I stand Absent, in this shattered land Do you know the depths of despair? Do you even know how to care? Hatred that screams from my heart Darkness that swarms from the start Have you conquered the peaks of shame? Have you abandoned the living game? All I want is for you to understand I just ache to grasp your helping hand Do you know the end of this lonely abyss? Do you think I like feeling this? Truth is, you have not swam in the sea of sorrow Truth is, you do not know the despair of tomorrow
About the Author Nitika Shalini Govind, born in New Zealand in 1998 is a student at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. As a part of her 10th Grade Personal Project, she chose mental health as her topic.There are many people suffering from these disorders and all they want is for someone to listen. She was very delighted to publish this book and hopefully, help you to hear their unheard voices. For further information, please contact:email@example.com
Fall 2014 Issue 11
Tutoring Nepalese Children in Hong Kong
By: Laima Sruoginis, Head of English, American International School, Hong Kong other children outside of their families. Eleventh grader Srijith Kannan said, “The first two times I talked to my tutee about his feelings, he would not open up to me. For the first few weeks I was really frustrated because I could not get him to focus. I could see he did not get attention at school or at home. I tried to create a bond. Now he trusts me, and I enjoy his company. He gives me a glimmer of hope.” When asked if the experience is worth it, our student volunteers gave a resounding affirmative. By helping others, they have improved themselves. “I’ve learned to be patient. I’ve learned to listen,” Daniel Fung, a 12th grader, said. “I’ve learned to persevere. I can honestly say that this experience has taught me a lot. I’ve seen a lot of Nepalese children, but I didn’t know about their problems.” Every Thursday after school, science teacher Alan Lo and I set out with 25 high school students from the American International School to Inner City Ministries in Jordan, Hong Kong, where we pick up 15 Nepalese children. Once we’ve herded our gaggle of boisterous children—aged 5 to 10—into the classroom, AIS students immediately begin instruction, some working with the children on Chinese lessons, some on English, and some on math. The Nepalese in Hong Kong are descendants of the Gurkha, who came to Hong Kong to serve in the British military when the city was a colony of Great Britain. After the hand-over in 1997, most Gurkha families chose to remain in Hong Kong, where they had been living for generations. However, they underestimated how quickly Hong Kong would be culturally assimilated into China. The Nepalese, who relied on English, were linguistically marginalized and disenfranchised. “Today we see a situation in Hong Kong,” Martin Radford, Executive Director of ICM, explained, “in which Nepalese children learn to speak Nepalese at home, but do not learn to read and write in Nepalese. They have no literary base for the language. Then they go to school where they are offered instruction in Cantonese and English, but no support to help them integrate as second language speakers. They become confused, learn the two languages only very superficially, and soon fall behind in other subjects. Very often they cannot differentiate between words in English and in Cantonese. It is not uncommon to see 10-year-olds who cannot read. These children are severely linguistically challenged, and their parents also do not have the linguistic tools to help them.” Although the Hong Kong government has programs that help new immigrants learn Chinese, the Nepalese do not qualify because many of them are 3rd and 4th generation Hong Kong citizens. I asked our students to reflect on their experiences tutoring Nepalese children. Why did they choose to volunteer, instead of playing a sport or joining another club? Chrissi Lai, an 11th grader, said, “I come here because I care. These children are so isolated in school, and they are constantly being told they are stupid. It destroys their self-esteem. They need somebody to give them confidence and support.” Working with the Nepalese children is not without challenges, however. Communication barriers and lack of focus are some of the biggest difficulties our students face. Plenty of Nepalese children cannot converse very well in either English or Cantonese, and they are usually not socialized with
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“I’ve learned responsibility and devotion,” Chrissie said. “I’ve been teaching the same child the whole time. I help her with homework. I encourage her and build her confidence. It feels good to make changes to their lives when they are so young and in need of support.” “You must be an example to these children. First, you need to be a good person in front of them and speak appropriately and politely,” added Carol Ho, a 12th grade student. “You can’t use offensive words. You must watch your own behavior.” “Being responsible for someone means to be beside them and to encourage them if they fall down. It takes commitment. You have to be strong yourself to make the other person strong,” said Ruby Kim, an 11th grader. Our students come away from this experience as better people, having learned their share of invaluable lifelong lessons despite being the ones on the teaching end.They are made more aware of their roles and responsibilities in society, and they are given a clearer idea of how they can participate in service opportunities. “To me, donating my time to help others means more than me playing video games,” Daniel concludes. “Teaching these kids is not easy. It forces us to step up and take care of the situation. We learn to be independent. We are all trying to stand up and be part of the solution.” The Jordan Leadership Club is part of the High School Community Service program at the American International School (AIS) of Hong Kong. Learn more about the school at www.ais.edu.hk.
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