- Issue 21- Oct 2005 Contents
- Ongoing Programmes, Updates, and Announcements
- NHE Educators Summit
- 15 Years of Ananda Marga Gurukula
- Renaissance Universal Speech
- Update on the Acupuncture Institute and Free Community Clinic at Ananda Nagar, India
- The Abha Light College of Natural Medicine Opens in East Africa
- Microvita Research Institute and AMGK Faculty of Microvita Studies
- Bio-Psychology Intensive Seminar, CNS Sweden
- Theatre in Education (TIE) Workshop, CNS Sweden
- Social Ethics in a Multicultural World in Ydrefors
- CNS Croatia
- CNS Asheville, USA
- A Bridge to a Bright Future for Humanity and the Earth
- A Call to Action
- PROUT’s Vision of Sustainability
- Families and Intentional Communities
- Supporting Innovative Efforts Towards Sustainable Development
- Teaching English at the Ananda Marga Kindergarten in Albania
- Namaskar School is Changing
- New Dawn School Brazzaville , Congo
- Lotus Centre and School Ulan Bator , Mongolia
- The Child is PreciousCosmic Academy Neohumanist Children’s Centre Accra , Ghana , West Africa
- NHE Conference Taipei , Taiwan
- Education Education Training Camp Madhu Karuna , Germany
- Progressive School of Long Island
- School PROUT
- Update on the YES Programme in Italy
- YES in Portugal
- YOGA AND ARTS FOR CHILDREN
- STUVOL – Student Volunteers
- ELF – Earth Lovers Family
- Georgetown Sector
- Manilla Sector
- Berlin Sector
- Hong Kong Sector
- Delhi Sector
- New York Sector
- Neohumanist Education for All
|Teaching English at the Ananda Marga Kindergarten in Albania by Dada Vedaprajinananda|
On September 1st, the Ananda Marga kindergarten in Albania started its sixth year of operation. We have full attendance, 65 children, aged four through six, distributed in three classrooms. A celebration marking the completion of five successful years for the kindergarten was held on October 3rd.
During the past years we have concentrated on improving the instruction of English to the children and for the teachers as well.
When I first started in October 2000 our only teacher was hardly able to speak any English. I started an after-school English class attended by the teacher and others in the community. My English classes have continued for the first five years, and now our three teachers are not only fluent in English, but are enthusiastic in teaching English to the children.
We use English songs from the “Circle of Love” as one way of introducing the children to the English language. During the first week of September when the current term began, I asked the head teacher whether I should come and start singing with the kids again, as I normally do. She said, “Wait till we teach the new children the songs.” I came in one week later with my guitar and the children were able to sing four songs very nicely. They pick up the songs very fast. All the song sessions finish with “Baba Nam Kevalam” mantra singing and meditation.
When they finish meditating, the children usually recite some of their new English vocabulary. A few years ago someone in England sent us some animal picture cards. I often hold up the pictures and the kids call out “sheep”, “frog”, “dog”, “cat” as the pictures are pulled out of the box. Last week they started counting in English, “one,” “two”, “three” “four” and when they started going past ten, I stopped them, because for only one week of school they had already done quite well.
In addition to counting, the teachers give instruction in basic vocabulary such as household items, food items, etc. Some of the vocabulary is combined with mudras from the Circle of Love: such as tree, flower, sun, everyone, God.
This year we hope to go further with the English instruction using teaching materials that were donated to us by the website <www.GenkiEnglish.com> . This website is the brainchild of Richard Graham, an English instructor in Japan who has devised a unique method of instruction that uses songs and dance-like movements. The movements are shown on a video CD, and the songs are available on audio CDs. We started using this method during the closing weeks of last year’s session and the results were very encouraging.
|To make it easier for the teachers to use these materials, we just added a computer room to the school. We are about to install computers which will not only be available for use by the teachers, but will be part of a computer education course for people of the surrounding neighbourhood, almost all of whom cannot afford to have their own personal computers.|