Helping Build Schools in Myanmar, One Lego Brick at A Time
Little Village launches donation drive to collect new and used Lego bricks for #BrickstoMyanmar project
According to UNICEF , out of 100 children entering primary school in Myanmar, only 1 in 5 go on to complete lower secondary school education due to inadequate access to schools, low family income and critically, under-equipped classrooms. In an effort to keep more children in school, and make learning fun, the teachers and children of the Kindergarten 1 and 2 classes at Little Village Pre-school in Singapore, decided to collaborate and create Lego Learning Kits to make a difference in the lives of the children in Myanmar.
Little Village is appealing to the public for donations of old and new Lego brick pieces, to help make this ‘Kids help Kids’ project possible. With more donated bricks collected, more children (and classes) will benefit. Making use of old and new Lego brick pieces, Little Village is working with its teachers and students to create Lego Learning Kits that will be accompanied with easy-to-use teacher guides, customized for local Myanmese teachers. These learning kits and guides are visually stimulating, and will provide local teachers the opportunity to teach math, problem solving skills and teamwork through hands-on activities and games.
Over the past few months, the children at Little Village have been on a meaning-filled adventure. As part of the preparations for the donation drive and Lego Learning Kits, they have learnt about life in Myanmar, participated in the conceptualisation of the learning games, developed ideas to raise awareness for Lego donation and designed posters and collaterals for the donation drive. They have even worked together to write a letter to Lego Singapore requesting for an office visit as they believe that Lego will be able to provide them with the resources they need to make this project successful.
Ms. Vicki Teo, Executive Director for Little Village Pre-school said, “At Little Village, children are at the heart of our curriculum. We believe in pursuing learning opportunities that are worthy of the childrens’ attention and effort; learning opportunities that are not just relevant but meaningful to children. This philosophy is something we embed into our curriculum every day. The Lego Learning Kit project was a perfect example of a learning opportunity for our children that uses a hands-on approach to stimulate natural curiousity in them, and at the same time imparts important life lessons to the children. We hope that this project will not only benefit the children and teachers in Myanmar but that it will also inspire and inculcate in our own children with the spirit of giving.
Ms Evelyn Ho, a teacher of the Kindergarten 1 class at Little Village Pre-school said, “When we first heard about this project, we were excited because we felt that there would be many opportunities for us to teach our children, beyond the usual books and classroom activities. Through this project, we are able to expose our children to life beyond the classroom, imparting in them the valuable lesson of giving. It’s never too young to learn how to give and through this project, the children have learnt that they too, can make a difference in the lives of others.”
Mrs. Isabelle Tan, parent of Sicily, aged 5 said, “When I first heard about the idea, I thought it was such a meaningful initiative. Being able to teach my daughter the idea of giving up something that she very much treasures, and convincing her siblings to do the same was a lesson in itself. The school made tremendous effort to include our children in the whole process, from conceptualization to even marketing, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing this project come to life!”
Beyond developing young minds, Little Village is also passionate about cultivating the qualities of the heart in their children. As part of their efforts to do so, the school has worked very closely with Helping Hands, which is part of Pomelo, a social enterprise in Yangon. For the past two years, the school community has been raising funds for Helping Hands through its end of year carnival put together by their children. The funds raised have benefitted many street children and other disadvantaged members of the local community. In collaboration with Helping Hands this year, Little Village will expand its outreach to more children in Myanmar. The #BrickstoMyanmar donation drive will begin on 14th to 26th August at 41 Grange Road, between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
About Little Village:
Little Village first opened its doors to children and families in Year 2007. Spread across four pre-war houses amidst large open outdoor spaces, we are designed to support active, collaborative and discovery learning. At Little Village, we honour, cherish and nurture the children’s sense of wonder and raise their awareness to new untrodden paths and novel possibilities every day. Beyond developing young minds, we are also passionate about cultivating the qualities of the heart in our children. The desire to make a positive difference with love, a passion for learning and the courage to think differently, we believe, are some of the greatest gifts we can give to them.
Sheena Ang, Principal
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