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Spreading the word – UWS networking evening in Singapore

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School assembly in Jong school, Cambodia

School assembly in Jong school, Cambodia

This week I have been rushing around preparing for the visit of our CEO, Tim Howarth, and our schools networking evening. The aim is to introduce affluent Singapore international schools to our school partnership scheme and encourage them to build a long-lasting relationship with one of our rural schools in Cambodia, Myanmar and, soon, Nepal. It only costs £16,000 (S$30,000) to build a school and £6000 (S$10,000) to maintain it annually, equivalent to US$1 per child per week. Talk about value for money!

Girls hard at work in Cambodia

Girls hard at work in Cambodia

We work in areas where there is real need, where we are invited by the community and where we ‘teach the unreached’. Learning basic skills such as reading, writing and counting in the lingua franca, as opposed to the tribal language, is the best protection vulnerable young people can have against predatory forces – be they illegal land grabbers or child traffickers, or simple malnutrition through basic poverty.

A girl from one of partner schools helping out as part of our visiting programme

A girl from one of partner schools helping out as part of our visiting programme

One of our typical pupils

One of our typical pupils

Our event was attended by 30 teachers from the ten most prestigious schools here, and despite the inevitable tech moment – no sound for the first video! – went off ‘swimmingly’ as one attendee kindly said. Wine and beer and good local eats always break the ice.

Tim looking dynamic!

Tim looking dynamic!

The teachers look interested!

The teachers look interested!

So far we have two schools in the programme and several other expressions of intent. We would like to set up a Singapore hub of partner schools so that we can swap notes on how best to integrate this ‘service’ element of the curriculum into day-to-day school work, from primary right through to senior secondary.

Chris Savvides, from Dulwich, telling the group why they joined the schools partnership programme

Chris Savvides, from Dulwich, telling the group why they joined the schools partnership programme

Tim and I also visited four schools who were unable to make it and I now feel I have earned my holiday. Off to Zimbabwe and Mana Pools tonight! Next blog will one to look out for…

All work and no play...

All work and no play…

Author: vickyunwin

I am a writer and traveller. Our darling daughter Louise died on 2 March 2011, aged 21 (www.louisecattell.com) and I started writing as therapy. We never know how long we have on this earth, so I live for every day...in November 2013 I was diagnosed and operated on for a malignant soft tissue sarcoma in the calf, followed by 6.5 weeks of radiotherapy, so am embarking on a different kind of journey which you can follow here. I also have another site www.healthylivingwithcancer.co with my blueprint for health and well-being. My husband works in Switzerland so we flit from place to place anywhere else that takes our fancy

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