It isn’t all work, part of shaping the behavior of the children is to show them that they matter, that they need to be celebrated, to this end this week, we had a birthday celebration for the students born in March at each center. This celebration is vital for the kids as they have never seen a birthday cake prepared for them in their life. We are impressed by this event every month. We can see the joy in their eyes as we celebrate for them. Each center celebrated in its own way. It was an inspiring moment as their fellow students made a wish for each of the birthday boys/girls.
This year, the instructors are busier than ever, as with the substantial growth of The Esther Project, each teacher is being asked to take more classes, combining this with the fact that many of our first-year students are younger, we have more challenges in teaching English as it seems like our traditional course in difficult for them to comprehend. This was somewhat anticipated and is the reason at the beginning of this session, we implemented a beta test going currently at the new Shwe Pyi Thar centers, testing a new method that is designed for younger learners. Thus far that program seems to be excelling, and we are beginning to incorporate some of the ideas and methods into the other centers as well for the classes with younger students.
For the upcoming week, we will be administering the first test of the year in both English and computer training, to measure the progress of our students, the effectiveness of the teachers and course work.
Our Esther Project, a non-profit program in Myanmar provides vocational training to orphans. We currently serve over 200 children in 29 orphanages in 6 locations.