This new year, our children at the DEPDC are busy learning in their new Photography class.
Thanks to the Y’all Art Project team, all students are understanding important design concepts such as texture, pattern, and composition in order to make their amazing photographs.
Danny, the co-founder of the Y’all Art Project said, “I strongly believe that teaching vocational skills alone is not enough to prevent children from entering the cycle. Along with vocational skills, the children must be armed with self- confidence. They must develop a sense within that they matter, that they are worthy, and that they are capable of creating the life they desire.”
These precious lessons provide each child with a unique opportunity to develop his or her eyes as an artist who can use photography to understand the visual world and communicate with others. Through the classes, we expect our children to develop their confidence as they grow in their capabilities and expend their creative thinking.
You can peek in on their photography lesson and appreciate their amazing photos.
Someone once said that whatever we possess becomes of double value when we share it with others. Looking around us at the difference your support and donation have made to our projects, We know that to be true.
We really appreciate your support and donation in 2016
Wish that the new year bring to your warmth of love, and a light to guide your path towards a positive destination.
Happy New Year!
Danny DeBlasio and Catherine Hart, cofounders of The YALL Art Project came to DEPDC/GMS in the last week and start their project from this week. 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. (More information and donation about The YALL Art Project )
They are teaching and guiding our students taking photographs and ends with a collective mural inspired by their images for six weeks. Each student will be given their own camera and guided through a series of exercises. After the group of students will be challenged to collaborate on a mural inspired by the learning from their photographs. Not only we are highly looking forward to see our marvelous artistic achievement, but also we are expecting our students to find their authentic voice and individual self-expression as well as to know each other’s voices, perspectives, and ideas.
Please check out their first Video clip
Last week at the Half Day School, the all students and teachers came together and harvested our organic rice crop.
This harvest activity is providing children with access to nutritious, high quality local foods at the same time enriching their connection to local cultures by learning traditional farming techniques. Also, children had been learning about the rice plant and its growing cycle, the advantages of following a simple nutritious diet as well as working on art projects to gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the plant. Next year we are hoping for a better harvest.
During these past 4 weeks at HDS, DEPDC students received the company of Sun students to attend a class activity taught by Phor Sompop’s daughter which focused on life skills, where learning how to gain self-esteem and life philosophy teachings were at the center of class discussions.
The first chapter of the exercise was for the students to choose and cleanup the scraps of wood on which they would be able to write the quote.
The second chapter focused on the students’ presentation in which they explained why they decided to choose that quote in particular. This exercise had as main goal to help them develop their speaking skills in front of an audience.
The final chapter of the exercise focused on how the students exchanged their thoughts and opinions in front of the class.
This task taught them the concept of critical thinking and how, as a fact, develop research skills. They learned how to check various sources of information using resource books, going from the Buddhist teachings to the teachings of the Bible, and readings from different ethnic cultures.
The motivation behind such a class was that, taking note of the many important topics and concepts such as tolerance, prestige, love, the environment and poverty can teach children think for themselves. It teaches them how to effectively participate in class and to be assertive in their work.
Just by amusing children with the often both entertaining and meaningful life philosophy teachings, you may give them an edge in becoming generous, compassionate, virtuous, responsible, and self-reflecting beings.
Hello, my name is Midori. I am learning about international society at a Japanese university, and I have been studying abroad in Chiang Mai this August. Because I’m interested in children’s education, I have chosen to expanded my studies at DEPDC for about 2 month. To receive an education is a right equally given to children, and children can notice their favorite things and their existence value by receiving an education. Actually, I am one of them.
The children of DEPDC are very fun, bright and I live with a few of them here at the school. Although it is a limited time, I would like to fulfill my time spending it with my children. I would like to learn about myself at DEPDC and make use of it for my future learning.
This past Monday, November 14, on the evening of the full moon of the 12th lunar calendar month, Loi Krathong was celebrated.
Loi Krathong is an annual celebration taking place in November. Originating as a Indic festival, it was around 150 years ago that it was adopted by Buddhists under the ruling of King Mongkut (Rama IV). In this version of the festival, people make various lanterns and other vessels to float lights down the rivers, symbolizing the release of bad luck and misfortune.
These vessels are known as krathongs. They are traditionally made from banana leaves and wood, and are decorated with flowers, a candle and incense. It is also known to put a coin, or even some hair or a nail clipping, in the krathong.
Another tradition here in Northern Thailand is Yee Peng. Very similar to Loi Krathong, Yee Peng is the celebration of the full moon of the second month of the old Lanna calendar. With this festival, people hang or send off beautiful illuminated lanterns. As with the krathongs, these lanterns are a way to discard bad fortune.
Here at the Half Day School, the students spent the afternoon Monday making krathongs out of paper. By taking 12 pieces of paper, by folding them intricately, the students created flower shaped krathongs to send down the river with their families later that night.
To learn more about Loi Krathong and Yee Peng, read more here.