Children at a monastic school learn social and environmental lessons that support the harmony of their local communities.
AFSC’s support for Myanmar’s monastic schools touches the lives of children, parents, teachers, communities and spiritual leaders.
These community schools, run by teachers, monks and abbots, share the responsibility of giving the most underprivileged children an education that builds self-reliance, life skills, and critical thinking. Boys and girls attending monastic schools learn literacy, math, sciences and ethics.
Today, 80 Nargis orphans are gathered at a monastery for their monthly get-together. The children are learning to play a game called “Chickens and Eagles”. Young volunteers divide the children into groups of three and tell them to pretend to be “chickens”. Each time they hear, “Eagles are coming,” the little “chicks” quickly run into the arms of their "parents". Those who do not run back in time will be caught by the “eagles”.
Author and professor Carol Spaulding-Kruse is also a member of the AFSC Iowa Area Program Committee.
Zakery's Bridge: Children's Journeys From Around the World to Iowa is a new book by authors Kay Fenton Smith and Carol Roh Spaulding about twelve children aged 6 to 16 from nations around the globe whose families now make their home in Central Iowa.
The collection, due out in November 2010 by Des Moines-based Shrieking Tree Publishing, is the result of a collaboration with several individuals whose interests and talents have made possible a book for classrooms, coffee tables, and libraries that tells fascinating contemporary stories of immigration and resettlement.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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