THE MYANMAR TEACHER-TO-TEACHER PROJECT
ETAS’ new Teacher-to-Teacher project was successfully launched at the PD-Day on Saturday, 17 September 2016 in Zug. Susie Oswald, a long time ETAS member and co-RC Central Switzerland, serves as co-organiser of the new ETAS teacher-to-teacher project, together with her son Phillip, also a CELTA-certified English teacher besides studying for an MA in Strategy and International Management. With their combined skills, they hope to facilitate dialogues and meaningful collaboration between the local teachers in Myanmar and ETAS members.
Through Susie’s job, she had the opportunity to go to Myanmar and participate in a Swiss vocational project last year. Being inspired by the positive attitudes of the friendly people she met during her three trips there, when approached by ETAS National Events Chair, and T2T Executive Committee Liaison, Sue Wood about her interest in a Teacher-to-Teacher project, she found it difficult to say no. They are working closely with Ricco Ebener who helps manage the E4Y (Education for Youth) Programme in Yangon, Myanmar.
E4Y provides essential education to underprivileged children who would otherwise not be able to continue their education. Besides raising funds to help with the monetary burden of running the school, we would like to encourage ETAS members to contribute their time by sharing their expertise via emails, Skype, or even on-site teacher coaching. We are in the process of looking for sponsors to donate the necessary funds to send two teachers a year for a two-week stay. Another area worth exploring is for members to involve their students either by becoming pen friends with E4Y pupils or by planning and executing a small fundraising event. The possibilities are endless.
To find out more about the project, you can visit the website http://www.t2tmyanmar.com, or better yet, drop by and say hello at the T2T stand during ETAS national events. Together we can make a difference!
P.S. For all you curious members and guests – here’s a short video for you. Enjoy!