- Contents issue 31 – Nov 2010
- Education and Neohumanism
- The Power of an Idea
- IS NEOHUMANIST EDUCATION PLAUSIBLE?
- Landmarks in Education, Scholarship, Medicine, and Universities: From Ancient to First Millennium to Medieval to Modern Times
- Why I Love Tantra
- The Supra Aesthetic Science of Kiirtan
- The Future Model of Eco-Villages
- Bird flying free…
- Biopsychology of Dreams
- Visual Thinking
- Composite Medical Pathies – A Need of the Hour
- History of Neohumanist Education and AMGK
- The Ananda Nagar Odyssey
- Renaissance Universal Symposium Delhi, India
- Ananda Marga Kindergarten
- Ananda Marga Kindergarten
- Happy Hour Centre
- NHE in Taiwan
- NHE Publications in Taiwan
- MorningStar Preschool enters 22nd Year
- Prama Institute
- Child-Friendly Spaces in Haiti
- The Progressive School of Long Island, USA
- Neohumanist Preschool, Caracas, Venezuela
- Neohumanist Education, Porto Alegre, Brazil
- NHE Schools in Paraguay
- NHE Teacher Training
- College of Neohumanist Studies
- Yoga in Schools, Bolzoni, Italy
- Centru Tbexbix – Malta
- ´My First Book´ Contest for Children to Write and Illustrate their Original Story in its Seventh Year in Croatia
- Neohumanist Education in Romania
- Al Kahira Centre
- Ghana Life Centre
- Ananda Marga Academy of Kiembeni
- Ananda Marga Yoga Academy
- Art Exhibition “For the Most Beloved”
- AMSAI SCHOOLS – The Philippines
- Child Centers Myanmar (Burma)
- Buwan ng Wika – Philippines
- My First Book – Bali, Indonesia
- Ananda Marga River School
- ´Love to Love´: The OPEN HART Story
Child Centers Myanmar (Burma)
By Ac. Laliteshananda Avt.
At present in Myanmar there are eight Child Centers (pre-schools) operated by AMURT-AMURTEL. The first four child centers started in August 2008 and the other four January/March 2010.
The projects started as Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs) to provide relief and protection to children after the cyclone Nargis which devastated the Myanmar Delta region in May 2008, leaving 140,000 people dead and 6 million affected.
The CFSs were intended to run only during the 6 months of the emergency period. After evaluating the positive impact on the communities it was decided to keep operating them as permanent projects and upgrade the program from CFS to ECCDC (Early Childhood Care and Development Centers).
There are 400 children attending the activities at the Child Centers. The Child centers employ 42 local staff. This includes two coordinators who supervise the activities and look after the needs of the centers; two assistants for the coordinators; 36 local teachers and 2 boat pilots.
The activities at the Child Centers are focused on child development through games, art, music, dance and storytelling. There’s an introduction to reading and writing to prepare the children for the transition from pre-school to primary school. The children age groups are from 3 to 5 years.
The teachers receive regular training by the coordinators and also take courses on early childhood organized by the government and by other NGO’s. The teachers have already been introduced to Neohumanist concepts.
The Child Centers comply with the minimum ECCDC standards established by the Myanmar government and UNICEF. The standards are reviewed periodically.
Before the cyclone, pre-school education was almost unknown in this area. Apart from providing education the Child Centers provide a livelihood for the teachers who live in the same communities where the projects operate.
Being a social service program, attendance at the Child Centers is free of charge. The centers also function as community centers, where the villagers can have meetings and courses.