DEPDC/GMS’s Annual Summer Camp 2018
Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre in the Greater Mekong Subregion (DEPDC/GMS) hosts an annual summer camp each year. This year, DEPDC/GMS hosted 54 students of SYSTERM and the three upper classes of the Patak Half Day School.
The HDS children said goodbye to their parents and siblings on Monday, February 22nd. They arrived to school each carrying one bag containing only a few necessary items.
All students participating in camp were required to give their cellular phones to the Director of Education to be locked away for the duration of the three day, two night camp. Additionally, every student was encouraged to wake up each morning at 5:30AM to exercise for at least a half hour before cooking breakfast. Many chose running followed by kinesthetics as their choice of exercise.
The SYSTERM and HDS students were then divided into six groups of varying ages and gender. The students from the two programs were able to become friends and worked well together despite age, ethnicity, and language differences.
Each group was given enough rice, vegetables, and sauces to last for 4 dishes, 2 dinner meals and two breakfast meals. Lunch was provided each day with a traditional dessert in order to allow more time for education. The groups planned out what to cook each day with the items provided and alternated which members cooked and which members helped clean the camping space.
The first two days of camp, guest speakers came to teach the students about health, the human body and puberty, sex education, emotional wellness, and relationships.
On the second day of camp, the students created posters presenting one important concept they had learned during training on day one and two of camp. By looking at their posters below, you can see that the students obtained both very serious and practical life knowledge.
In the evening, the students divided up into their groups and produced a brief play to perform the following night at the camp bonfire. The night ended with the campers learning to sing new songs written in several different languages, including Thai, English, Tai Yai, and even one in Chinese.
The camp bonfire took place on the second night of camp. This was most of the students’ favorite part of camp as it involved singing, dancing, snacks, and watching their classmates perform silly skits.
Fire safety training was provided on the final day of camp. A handful of members from the Fire and Rescue Department of Wiangphangkam, Mae Sai came for the morning to provide hands-on demonstrations on how to put out fire in a safe and efficient manner.
The children learned about the different classes of fire (i.e., Classes A, B, C,D, and E) and learned how to extinguish fires involving solid materials, flammable liquids, gases, metals, and live electrical apparatus appropriately.
At the end of the third day of camp, the Half Day School children packed up their tents and loaded up on the school bus to return home. However, the SYSTERM students will continue their long stay away from their homes for the duration of the Shan Youth Safety Training to End Risk Migration.
Thank you to all those who support DEPDC/GMS in one way or another. Your kindness has helped the Half Day School and SYSTERM students enjoy another year of camp filled with fun learning experiences!