|Date||Nov 24th – 28th, 2005|
|Place||Waldorf School of China, ChengDu|
|Organizers||Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Waldorf School of China
|Sponsors||Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Rev Chi Wan
Mr Raymond Leung
|Event Executives||Mr Weihe Wu (Waldorf School)
Mr Chelladurai Jayakaran (BioDynamic Trainer from India)
Mr David Lai (GFF)
Mr Matthew Cheng (GFF)
|Aim and Objectives||
|Report||There were about 50 people from different background attending this training workshop and we have collected 35 feedback forms. According to local experts, this workshop has been most successful and with the largest number of participants among similar workshops and seminars.
Through this BD Workshop, we learnt that mother Earth has been providing all kinds of food for human; and during the past 50 years, we have been greedily exploiting it. It is time for us to care and provide food to feed the Earth. Biodynamic Agriculture technique and different compost making formula can help to revitalize the Earth. Planet Earth is one of the celestial bodies among our solar system, its activities are affected by other planets orbiting around the Sun, e.g. Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Moon….etc,. Biodynamic agriculture takes into consideration of the various forces affecting the activities of Mother Earth and providing formula that incorporate these forces to regenerate our Earth.
Jakes, the BD Trainer from India, was just wonderful. He is absolutely charming in lectures, and also great to work with in the practical demonstration for various BD Preparations and BD Compost preparation. He has a heart of gold and really easy to work with.
From the evaluation forms, we could see that the participants highly appreciate this BD Workshop, and they did learn some practical knowledge on biodynamic farming. Some are eager to make their own BD Compost. Though Jake is excellent, many still wish that the whole BD Workshop could be conducted in Chinese by a local expert, rather than through a translator, from English to Chinese.
The Alkena Farm visit was a bit tiring because of the long bus trip, cold weather and short visiting time. We did not foresee such a cold November and there were not much to see and review. We will plan the next BD Workshop in Chengdu at an early day, probably May or June, so that the participants can appreciate and see more of the Alkena Farm.
|Date||August 15th – 18th, 2005|
|Place||Pan Xian #2 High School, PanXian, GuiZhou, China|
|Organizers||Pan Xian #2 High School
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
|Sponsors||PanXian Education Board
City University of Hong Kong (City U)
China Literacy Foundation Ltd (CLF)
|Event Executives||Matthew Cheng (GFF)
Dr. Graham Lock (City U)
Mr. Zhang (Pan Xian #2 High School, GuiZhou)
|Aim and Objectives||To improve teaching skill and techniques of local English teachers through linguistic techniques and creative learning activities;
To bring the concept of better use of natural resources and environmental protection to local teachers and education authorities.
|Report||The summer camp was led by five voluntary ESL teaching professionals – Dr Gramham Lock, Dr Lindsay Miller, Dr Virginia Costa, Ms B J Gran and Mr Andrew Leung. There were four committee members of GFF and four young volunteers to help out. The summer camp was a fun event and a big success. There were about 80 local middle and high school English teachers attending the camp. Both the participants and volunteers enjoyed themselves very much. For most of the volunteers, it was a new experience and we learnt and saw a lot during the trip. We are all looking forward to running the same event next year.
The participants also valued the events very much and we have positive feedback from all of them. From this first summer camp, we learnt a lot about the language barrier of local teachers and what they need to improve their ESL teaching skills. We are committed to running the event again at Panxian next summer and we will design a better programme to address their problems.
Our most encouraging feedback came from the parents of the young volunteers. Most of them felt that their children are more caring and thoughtful after coming back from the summer camp. What is more, the young volunteers are committed to joining us on the next summer camp.