Community Services Coordinators Meeting
The British Vietnamese International School Vietnam will host the FOBISIA 2017 Community Services Coordinators Meeting from 13th-14th May 2017.
For more information please contact Gillie Robson Gillierobson@bvisvietnam.com
The British School, Kathmandu was the venue was the FOBISIA community Service Conference and JAWS on the 20th and 21st May. Thanks to all our FOBISIA partner schools who sent delegates, it was great to welcome representatives from BISHCMC, BVIS, RIS Pattaya, KLASS, BIS Hanoi, Regents Bangkok, BS Jakarta, BS New Delhi and Bangkok Prep to Kathmandu. The variety of experiences shared by all delegates in relation to projects and links in their own communities was inspiring.
The conference opened with a welcome from Mrs Genevieve Aitchison of the British Embassy Kathmandu and the keynote address was delivered by Heidi Wilson from Thaga Connect. She delivered a comprehensive view on “Strategic needs assessments for community partners”. Programme leaders from the Kathmandu International Study Centre shared knowledge and experiences of their EQUIP programme (KISC EQUIP works with teachers to equip them with the tools and skills necessary to develop problem solving and creative thinking) . Their presentation showcased how to take community service to the next level.
Delegate presentations shared experience and advice on a wide range of issues relating to community service and this was a great opportunity to learn from each other. The delegates had a chance to visit some of the TBS community partners in the Kathmandu valley and experience some of our challenges and successes. Post earthquake project information was also shared which served as a great reminder of how the fantastic network of support in the FOBISIA community reached out to touch so many lives in Nepal.
This conference facilitated not only the sharing of ideas, but it served as a real time platform to develop collaboration between schools in the pursuit of more enriching and meaningful community service for all our students.
Emma Malla & Larica Wambeek
The British School, Kathmandu
FOBISIA Community Service Conference 2012
St. Stephen’s International School, Bangkok recently hosted the FOBISIA Community Service Conference where delegates from all over the region were brought together to discuss the importance of community service within education and sharing good practice.
As the host school, St. Stephen’s was able to show examples of where community service has become an integral part of PSHE, the House system and a way develop links throughout the school community, with students, staff and parents being involved together with many projects, and the wider Bangkok community.
St. Stephen’s International School looks to develop holistic students by creating a public and ethical conscience in each individual through their Community Service programmes and hopes they will become good local and global citizens in the future.
To create good adults in the future, of course, a key factor is a good education at school age. But at present our community needs sharp and ethical people to make a better society.
School, as a students’ second home, is one of the most important places to implant ideas for making not only sharp and intellectual people, but also to have a good conscience, love the community and help each other too.
For example nursery students or early year’s students will have an activity with the ‘Soi Dog Foundation’ to give them the knowledge and understanding about stray dogs in Thailand and let the kids give food and toys which will have been donated at the school. Other activities to help raise awareness include ‘Read-A-Thon’ where the children have to read a book and raise sponsorship. It’s another good way to encourage the kids to read more books at an early age and for older kids at secondary and primary school there will be another variety of activities to cultivate ideas about the value of giving.
Noon-Sirada Suphanwanich a Year 8 student said “Our Community Service is about doing an activity for less fortunate people and raising money to be donated. In addition to selling sometimes we will do other activities together such as stage shows and concerts.
These are little voices from four different students who have become part of giving for their community as part of the Community Service programme. If adults implant a public conscience in kids when they’re young, Thai society will definitely be better. We just have to know the right way and find good activities for our kids to do it together. Such as the place that creates good citizens in the future here at St. Stephen’s International School.