Thank you for your ongoing support.
＜Recent Kothang reports from Akita＞
Namaste! Akita here from Kothang.
Winter is well underway here in Kothang and I have started to miss my heater and Kotatsu. (Kotatsu is a Japanese table with a built-in heater and a blanket that covers all four sides and traps the heat underneath.)
There aren’t of those items here, so we do bonfire and make dinner around that.
I have enjoyed the Kotatsu and the heater but now I have grown to love the time I spend with everybody sitting around the bonfire.
Furthermore, in Kothang we get rain mostly during the monsoons and it doesn’t snow here at all.
The kids always ask me, “Is Japan colder? When I say it’s a little colder in Japan and it also snows a bit. They seem to a bit amazed to hear that.
I think the students at YouMe School would enjoy snowball fights and making snowman.
Anyways, I will be here for another 2 months.
Let me get started with this month’s report.
Starting from this month, we will make it a daily thing to read from a picture book to kids in Kindergarten classes.
Before we actually started the book reading, I did a presentation to the teachers and we discussed about it.
During the presentation, I spoke about the following topics:
◎Why (Why I want to make this a regular thing. )
Reading to the kids has a lot of advantages.
It improves their imagination, language skills, sensibility and stimulate their interest.
There has been a lot of research done to prove this.
During 1 to 6 years old, our human brain is still growing, and absorbs knowledge faster during this critical stage.
Around 2 years old, one can improve their language skills as during this time we being to start making sentences.
Let me give you an example.
About 9 months ago, at a different school in Kothang. I met a newly admitted first grader. She was from the west side of Nepal, a city near China.
They speak Tibetan there and she couldn’t understand Nepali at all. I feel like I spoke better Nepali then her.
But a month later, she was able to understand us in Nepali and was talking with other students in Nepali.
I can only understand basic everyday conversation.
That means she’s learning at a faster pace than me. So if you learn a language at a young age then you can pick it up faster.
So reading to kids at a young age so improve their language skills that’s one of the reasons why I’m doing this.
In Nepal, schools in the countryside, hardly have libraries nor do they have books.
Many familes can not afford to buy books. So usually they grow up without reading any books. It’s not like they don’t want to but they can’t.
I think reading books to the kids is definitely a great opportunity for them.
◎How (How am I going to do it?)
I showed videos to teachers how to read the book to the kids.
Kids sit in a fan-shaped around the teacher as the teacher lifts the book high enough so that everyone can see it.
Reading it slowly and trying to get the students attention.
Also, it’s important not to get mad at students who are not paying attention because that would disturb the kids who are willing to listening.
I am watching over the classes everyday and I feel that there are teachers who are mad at kids and make a loud noise by hitting the desk with a bamboo stick.
It is because they grew up that way so I don’t say anything about it.
But we should we be able to find another way to approach this and discuss about it.
After we discussed, we actually did the reading.
That was new for everybody and kids seemed to enjoy.
We just started so we are going to do that again and again and we will find many ways to how to get everyone’s attention.
Also to buy more books, I have been crowd funding and I was able to achieve my goal though all your support.
We made a total of 227,300 yen which I didn’t expect at all. I’m really happy that we will be able to buy more books.
I really appreciate for your all support.
Thank you very much!!
About the crowdfunding, we are thinking about kind of books should we get. As of right now, we only have classes till the fifth grade at YouMe School.
Currently, the library is in the computer room and thinking of making more libraries and have been discussing it with the carpenters.
It is the first big step for us.
We have everything set up from the library management, reading sessions, and classrooms.
I’m here for only two more months but I will do my best!
I have another report up on twitter so check it out!
Because of all your support, we can finally buy a lot of books and books are going to be there supporting the kids.
Also the kids who are going to enter YouMe School in this spring can read the books. I want them to read a lot of books, get as much information as possible and be the greatest adult to lead their country NEPAL.
Thank you for reading as always.
＜Recent reports in Morang.＞
①Farewell party for Machii.
A farewell party was held for Machii who worked at YouMe School in Morang for 5 months.
Kids wrote letters for him, gave him flowers and danced for him.
Thank you for working for the kids for 5 months.
We hope you’ll be active in Japan using all the experiences you got in Nepal.
Please come visit the kids again!
②Recent reports from Matchii.
Namaste! I am Matsui who worked at YouMe School in Morang.
It is cold here in Morang but everyone enjoy taking classes as always.
When I wrote the report last time it was monsoon but now in Morang we are in the dry season.
The weather changed completely and it is sunny everyday so teachers takes kids outside and having the class outside when they can.
We went for a school trip to the park. It is called Betana.
This park has a lot of nature, square around the trees, small zoo which has rabbits, monkeys etc. There is also a lake with canoes.
Kids enjoyed a lot in the nature playing balls and jumping ropes.
Around noon, teachers bought vegetables and made lunch and enjoyed it under the blue sky.
Few days later, they held farewell party for me.
They gave me some flower, letters and ornament which they handmade.
Also they danced and sang for me too.
For the past 5 months, I stayed at this school as a teacher.
I learned many things from other teachers such as their warm and good-natured personality. I should have taught them but actually I learned a lot from them.
My job at this school has finished but I want to be connected with YouMe School in the future.
The students have strong desire to learn, work, and study. If there are places to learn than I think they will able to lead this country.
I hope they can follow their belief with their powerful and creative minds.
Thank you so much for your reading.
＜Recent report of online YouMe school.＞
We set up the internet connection in Baraha city, it’s the where we are going to make the online school.
We rented a house and tested the wi-fi speed. Everything is ready and se to start the online classes.
Also at the same time, we hired new people to teach math, science and English for each section for SEE.
We have only 3 months for the SEE and we are planning to have 20 students pass so we have already started tutoring classes.
Last year, there were only 4 students who passed from all the 4 schools. We have high expectations as we are going over the past exams from last 10 years.
Finally, I am going to show you the video when Rai went back to the school and encouraged the kids.
They were saying “We are going to pass the test!”
Thank you for reading.
See you next time!