I'm not what people call "a language person". I speak English fluently because it's my mother tongue. I had trouble learning Spanish in high school and college, but I know enough to get by when I travel to Mexico or other Spanish-speaking countries. I learned some Hebrew, too, but my memory only holds a few traces of the content I learned from 10 years of Hebrew school (purple, king, money, bird, and dog, and the numbers 1-10 are the only words I could recite to you now).
MEJORAMIENTO DE ESPACIOS EDUCATIVOS DE LA UNIDAD EDUCATIVA ALTO BARINAS SUR PARA MAYOR COMODIDAD Y DESARROLLO DE LOS ESTUDIANTES
PLANTEAMIENTO DEL PROBLEMA
Ausencia del techo cielo razo en la mayoría de las aulas y envejecimiento del cableado de las aulas de La Unidad Educativa Alto Barinas Sur, ya que consideramos que con el funcionamiento de aires acondicionas en nuestras aulas podemos tener una mayor posibilidad de adquirir más conocimientos ,concentrándonos mucho mejor y cómodamente en las explicaciones que nos brindan nuestros docentes.
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” It is one of the famous lines of President Roosevelt. The kind of youth we have today determines the future of our world. If we planted a great seed of innovation and industry, we are pretty sure that we harvest a positive future.
Today I returned to my former elementary school. When I was there in 1982, it was called Beth Israel Day School. I attended the school from kindergarten to 3rd grade. Now it has changed hands and received a fresh coat of paint. It is now called The Museum School. The purpose of today's visit was to see the school and to submit an application for my son to attend kindergarten next Fall. This is a charter school, which means my son's admittance is based upon a lottery. Last year there were 16 spots for 180 applicants.
A video sent to our Team by our SEED President and Founder, Simone Amber:
"When you have 19 minutes and want to be inspired, please watch the video about education, creativity and intellectual diversity. SEED is totally in line with this talk as we are bringing different ways of learning including hands on science, understanding systems and our world (from water to climate change) as well as finding out the best environment for learning and appreciating each other's smartness."
We got an early start today (6:45 AM!) because it is a long drive to SMK Seri Kundang from our hotel. Our team is made of former SEED student Simon Lim and myself plus three volunteers: our beloved Doreah (former SEED coordinator), the energetic Lily Ngeau (DCS), and the handsome Abdul Hanan (CSL) who looks like a young Malaysian Johnny Depp.
We were welcomed by the school "Kompang" the traditional Malaysian drummers, young men dressed in colorful clothes. This school has 1,300 students and is built in one large rectangular building 4 stories high with a large courtyard in the middle.
As culture demands it, here I was invited to make a speech in which I mentioned the entire SEED staff and the volunteers who make SEED possible. The students were excited because it is the first time they have seen a white woman, other than on TV!
We just started the water testing in the school lab surrounded by 37 eager students,12 teachers, head of the parents association, and the headmistress (pictured with me at right), going back and forth between English and Bahasa, pairing each students' group with a teacher and one of us.