In March 2015, Hong Kong International School students and teachers led a four-day Teaching for Empowerment curriculum with students who attend Concordia Ambur and Concordia Pernambut in south India. The two student leaders of the trip, Caroline Scown and Brittany Fried, also produced a facilitator’s handbook to assist HKIS students lead the local students through the program. Their handbook, the printing of which was supported by the Jim Handrich service learning fund, also proved effective on trips to the Philippines and South Africa.
The four days of teaching began at 9:30 AM with a devotion in the main hall, then broke into 10 small groups led by 2 HKIS students. Here is a summary of the eight sessions:
Session 1: Introduce issues and find which ones students are passionate about. Students join groups and get to know each other.
Session 2: Students understand the power of a team and work together to solve a challenge.
Session 3: Students learn about the power of the individual to create change.
Session 4: Students build confidence and improve their communication skills, especially in public speaking.
Session 5: Students brainstorm solutions to their chosen issue.
Session 6: Students develop an action plan detailing specific steps they will take to address their chosen issue in the community.
Session 7: Students prepare a 5-minute presentation detailing their chose issue and action plan.
Session 8: Students practice their communication skills by presenting their action plans. Students will also have the chance to hear about other action plans. (To learn more about last year’s trip and a detailed explanation of the curriculum used in 2014, hit here.)
You can view the Teaching for Empowerment booklet that Caroline and Brittany wrote on this Amazon link.
An HKIS alum, Anjali Daryanani, and her team joined us in Ambur to film the program, and have now produced three videos – two for the students and a third one that emphasizes the Lutheran church connection between the two schools. Enjoy!
The password is “ambur2015”.
Go to this link for the second video:
This idea of teaching social conscience on interim has grown from a one-off program that involved only four of our students three years on this trip, but has now grown to include two other interims, one in South Africa and the other in the Philippines. We expect that with an updated edition of the facilitator’s handbook that Brittany and Caroline will produce this summer that the empowerment concept will grow in the years to come.
If you would like to know more about this empowerment curriculum, feel free to contact me (email@example.com) – and I can pass you onto the real experts, Caroline and Brittany!
The pictures attempt to capture the energy and intimacy of the teaching for empowerment program as it unfolded throughout the week.
Alex and Annette giving their best to teach their students.
HKIS interims have been a major supporter of Concordia Pernambut. Some years ago HKIS sponsored the wall around the school. We have also renovated a computer room, donated desks, and last year had a well dug that has provided fresh water for the community (see below).
Jonathan with the Ambur students – above and below.
Our highly skilled film crew – Caty, Anjali, and Emil. Thanks to them for not only their phenomenal work, but their friendship and seamless integration into our group during the week.
We look forward to returning in March, 2016!