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Successfully Completed The Y’ALL Art Project

DSCF1096As mentioned in an earlier blog,  we had two very special international teachers. Since last December, Danny DeBlasio and Catherine Hart were working here at DEPDC. They were funded through their project called: “The Y’All Project”. The YALL Art Project is a non-profit organization that brings a collaborative art process in photography and mural painting to communities in need of the arts.

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Y’all project was a delight to have. They started with a class where they instructed the children about photography and naturally the children were very enthusiastic. The following lessons where the children could take pictures by their own and would discuss it in class. They learned more about art and the way they could interpret their surroundings, with some amazing results. Danny took the children on a walking tour with their cameras, where they had to take pictures of their surroundings.The following period focused on the making of two murals. This was interesting as some of the boys were hesitating at first, but Danny was quick to reassure them and they got encouraged to participate. Catherine gave the children lessons on how to mix the colors, work with primary and secondary colors. At the end we have a great mural and ever enthusiastic children who keep on looking at their work during the breaks and refer to the project in class. (You will better understand after see the slideshow below)

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Danny also provided a great website were the photographs of the children are displayed and people are able to purchase them from all over the world. Catherine and Danny asked the children what they would like to do with the money that their pictures made on the website. The children decided to donate this money to our organization. Naturally You All can look at the amazing pictures made by the children and even purchase them here: http://www.yall-art-project.com/buy-prints/

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We would like to thank Danny and Catherine for all their efforts and time they have put into this project and their bond with the children. We wish them all the best on the next location of the Y’All project and hope to see them soon again.

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Update on The Buddhist Project!

The Buddhist Project is one of our most beloved and successful projects here at DEPDC. Started in 2010 by the initiative of Ianic Camirand a Canadian from Montreal, it is still going strong. Classes are held all day every Friday by two Buddhist monks who travel up from Chiang Rai to teach the Half Day School Students. Recently we welcomed another monk to The Buddhist Project – Phra Ajarn Somsanit, who will join in teaching our students of the benefits of Buddhism.

Every Friday a cloud of calm settles over the students at Half Day School. Instead of their regular classes, such as Thai, English, maths and science, they receive classes about the philosophy of moral and ethical thought, speech and action. The project teaches students about personal discipline, responsibility, and how to exist harmoniously in society. The monks use various different teaching skills in their classes, everything from video media to serious seminars to fun activities. This year they have also begun to teach some of the concepts of democracy.

The monks teach Buddhism in a sensitive and gentle way, this is necessary in an environment such as ours here at Half Day School, where the student’s religious backgrounds vary. This allows for students of all faiths to take part and learn how to utilize the concepts of human kindness and compassion in their daily lives. 

Meditation, although often associated directly with Buddhism, does not require one to be Buddhist to practice and gain knowledge of this skill. All students can and really do benefit from building concentration and peace in the mind. The Buddhist monks will also teach Buddhist mantras to those who are Buddhist and wish to learn them. Those who are not Buddhist do not have to participate, but can use this time to simply sit quietly and practice their meditation.

In the coming weeks some our of our students will have the opportunity to attend a meditation camp of two days and three nights. Here they will be given the opportunity to learn more  about meditation and put their skills to use.  The Buddhist project builds a solid moral foundation for these students and continues to bring confidence, guidance, hope and peace into the their lives.

DEPDC and all the students here would like to thank Ianic Camirand who brought us the Buddhist project and thank everyone who has generously supported the project.

Donations to the project are welcomed and can be made at our donation page.

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The Buddhist Project Turns Three

This year the Buddhist project turns three! Started in 2010 by the initiative of Ianic Camirand a Canadian from Montreal, the Buddhist project is still going strong. Classes are held all day every Friday by two Buddhist monks who travel up from Chiang Rai to teach the Half Day School Students.

The Buddhist project teaches the philosophy of moral and ethical thought, speech and action. The project teaches students about personal discipline, responsibility, and co-existence in society. The monks also like to use a variety of teaching skills from seminars to activities and video media. They also like to bring new things to class, such as this term they have begun teaching concepts of democracy. After lunch the monks have been using agricultural activities as an opportunity for the students to learn about agriculture but also to practice working together.   

As a school with students from different religious backgrounds, Buddhism, Christianity and local traditional beliefs the monks communicate Buddhist philosophy in a way that is sensitive to this fact. Teaching in such a way that allows students of all faiths to participate and learn about what some would say are the basic and shared concepts of human kindness and compassion which are relevant to a diversity of beliefs.

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Meditation, although often associated with Buddhism does not require one to be Buddhist to practice this skill of building concentration and peace in the mind. All students can and do benefit from this. The Buddhist monks will also teach Buddhist mantras to those who are Buddhist. Those who are not Buddhist do not have to participate, but can use this time to simply sit quietly and practice their meditation. The Buddhist project continues to bring confidence, guidance, hope and peace into the student’s lives.

DEPDC and all the students here would like to thank Ianic Camirand who brought us the Buddhist project and thank everyone who has generously supported the project. We wish you all a Happy New Year in this holiday season. May you all have the best of luck and joy for the upcoming year.       

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