Report on “Activating English Summer Camp” for Mingde School, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China, 2012

Date July 23rd – 27th, 2012
Place Mingde School, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
Organizers Mingde School
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Mingde School
Green Field Foundation Limited
Aim and Objectives
  • To improve efficiency of spoken English of students;
  • To get the students accustomed to the concept of interactive teaching and learning;
  • To improve reading and writing skills of students.

Report

12 volunteers left Hong Kong on July 22 for a one-week English summer camp in Taiyuen, Shanxi, China. The group was comprised of both veterans and first timers, so we had a good mix of experience and fresh blood.

The GFF Board decided to try a different approach for our annual English summer camp. We plan to return to the same school for several years to see if there would be measurable contributions at that school. The school we selected was Mingde School. It is not a traditional school because it is primarily a weekend and summer school for local student to spend time in a learning environment.

About 60 students attended this year, ranging from Secondary 1 to Secondary 6. With such a wide range of student age groups we divided the morning classes into three major groups of about 20 students. In the afternoon the students worked in smaller groups of 8 to 12 students each.

The weather was pretty hot during the day and the classrooms were not too well ventilated so some of the classes were conducted in the courtyard where it was cooler. Students moved their own benches and desks and we conducted class out in the open. During the day there was some jockeying to get the best spot because we had to move our location once or twice to adjust to the Sun’s movement.

As usual, the last day of class was left for group presentations in English. Students chose different types of activities to present such as fairy tales, story-telling, comedy, and singing. All of us enjoyed the presentations and appreciated the hard work the student put into preparing their presentations. We selected several winning teams for their outstanding performance.

On the last day the school staff and students organized an elaborate closing ceremony with a Chinese drum and dance group which added extra excitement to the atmosphere. In addition, a number of senior students gave some moving and well thought out speeches, the likes of which we had not heard before.

Marcellin Shi

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Reading Program for Ming De Book Corner at the Village Schools in Shanxi

Date 2011-2013
Place Ming De School in Taiyuan, Shanxi
Organizers Ming De School
Sponsors Crowe Horwath (HK) CPA Limited
Green Field Foundation Limited
Aim and Objectives
  • To provide reading facilities to students of the village schools;
  • To set up book corners in classrooms in order to allow students free and unhindered access to books, promote students’ self-management of library, as well as alleviate the administrative burdens of schools and teachers;
  • To cultivate students’ interest in reading through enhancing access to books.

Report

2011 Work Report

From September 2011 onward, Crowe Horwath (HK) CPA Limited has pledged to sponsor the Ming De School’s projects, namely Ming De Library and Ming De Book Corner, under Green Field Foundation Limited for three years. With emphasis on high morality and proper behaviour, the projects are aimed at promoting the traditional education. As community charity activities, the projects encourage young people to study, fulfill and optimise the superior Chinese traditional culture through theories learning and self practicing.

Ming De Library adopts a mixed operation mode of a centre library and book corner in classrooms. With an open and self-managed approach, the centre library can provide a plenty of opportunities and resources for reading but it is still not easy for primary students who are dwelling far away to borrow books from the library. Ming De Book Corner, situated at the radiant zone of the centre library, has established the classroom book corner through collaboration with village schools, enabling students to have free and unhindered access to books. The students’ self-managed library also helps relieve the administrative burdens of schools and teachers, and cultivate students’ interest in reading through a substantially increased access to books.

Currently, four schools have co-operated to set up Ming De book corners among them 21 were established in Dai Jia Bao School, Zhang Hua Yíng Primary School, Dong Pu Primary School (i.e. every class and offices of teaching staff in every school were set up book corners). The first batch of over 1,200 books is already in place for these schools. The books for the Second High School at Beigezhen have also arrived at the centre library and they will be delivered to the school once the book cataloging has been completed.

On 26 November 2011, Ming De Library organised the first demonstration class for reading at Dai Jia Bao School. The demonstration received enthusiastic responses from the teachers who also exchanged opinions with the demonstration organizer.

Ming De Library and Centre School at Beigezhen have reached a strategic co-operation agreement through which Ming De Library will continue to establish Ming De book corners in schools under Centre School at Beigezhen to launch the reading class together with a series of publicity activities for promotion of reading.

On 22 October 2011, Ming De Library and Centre School at Beigezhen jointly organized “Ming De Cup – Speech Contest for Chinese Souls”. Ming De Library designed the award certificates for and offered the prizes to the contest winners. The contest was very successful.

2012 Work Plan

1. Program for Seed Reading Teachers
In conjunction with Centre School at Beigezhen, Ming De Library will select 1 to 2 teachers from schools with book corners established to participate in the reading program. The selected teachers will be sent out to receive training and exchange with other schools and then they are required to initiate the reading class within schools.

2. Weekend Class at Ming De School
From 2012 onward, Ming De School will launch the weekend classes including Ming De Story Association, Ming De Choir and Ming De Handicraft Class. Through invitation of parent participation, Ming De Story Association will convey the principle of the way one should live in the world though story-telling. Ming De Choir will use the resources of Chun Feng Art Troupe to teach students the music knowledge while Ming De Handicraft Class will enable students to learn how to do embroidery and to cook.

3. Other Regular Activities
Regular activities with festival themes will be organized during seasonal festivals in 2012 to enable students to understand the origins and history of the respective festivals.

4. Ming De Library will co-organize with Centre School at Beigezhen for 1 to 2 activities in 2012 work plan

5. Ming De Library will continue to set up 4 Ming De book corners in 2012

Ming De Library
Director-General : Lu Hai Song
Dec 31, 2011

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Heart of Goodness – Fukushima Before 3.11 Charity Photo Exhibition

Date Nov 15 – Dec 14, 2011 – SR Gallery Cafe
3/F Cubus, 1-3 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
February 2012 – Man Yee Shopping Center
60 -68, Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong
March 2012 – Central Plaza
8 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Organizers Friends of Fukushima
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Japan Consulate General in Hong Kong
Canon
SR Gallery Cafe
Man Yee Shopping Center
Central Plaza
Friends of the Earth
Green Field Foundation
Acumen Design Limited
Excellent Colours Limited
Aim and Objectives On March 11, 2011, the world witnessed the catastrophic earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that relentlessly struck Fukushima of Japan, killing more than 20,000 people and making hundreds and thousands homeless. Fukushima, a land of natural beauty, was further hit by breaking down of the nuclear plants that haunted the rest of the world.

The “Heart of Goodness” Fukushima before 3.11 photo exhibition is dedicated to the Japanese workers who are struggling at the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactors. They are quiet heroes who have devoted their lives to restore the reactors and prevent further damage done to mankind.

Frances Tong, the photographer, was called to show the world that Fukushima is not only about damaged nuclear reactors. Fukushima is also a paradise where mountains and lakes come together. This exhibit showcases the four seasons of Fukushima that catch our breath. This is in contrast to recent images of Fukushima as being the site of crippled nuclear reactors and nuclear leakage.

The natural beauty that exists in Fukushima also exists in many other places. We hope that the photos awaken each of us to do our part in protecting the natural environment by conserving energy and consuming material things mindfully.

Fund Raising Target We seek to raise a minimum of HKD 300,000 from the photo exhibition. All proceeds from the sales of print will be channeled to promote protection of the environment and to those suffering from the nuclear disaster. We aim to sell the print at HK$3,110 each.

The use of HK$3,110 from the sale of each print:

Revitalization for Farmland by Biodynamic Agriculture Practice

Your HK$3,110 contribution will be used to revitalize the farmland in China, using Biodynamic Agriculture practices. The amount can initiate farmers and sustain the activities of biodynamic farming practice for one year for 5 acres of farmland.

The main achievements of this practice are:-
1) Increase organic matters and bio-activities of soil by 1%;
2) Reduces soil erosion by 80%;
3) Reduce warm house gas emission by 80%;
4) Reduce contamination of waterways by nitrogen and other chemical contents by 95%;
5) Improve biodiversities and reduce environmental impact by 80%;
6) Reuse of organic and other waste materials by 90%;
7) Sustain land productivity and soil fertility by 30%;
8) Eco-friendly and healthier production of products for practitioners; and
9) Saver and better produce for consumers.

Conversion of Farmland from Chemical Fertilizer to Organic Fertilizer

For every HK$3,110 we raised, we can subsidize farmers to convert the use of chemical fertilizers to organic fertilizers for 10 acres of farmland in one farming season in China or South East Asia countries.

The main achievements of this practice are:-
1) Eco-friendly and healthier production of products for practitioners;
2) Saver and better produce for consumers.

Exhibit Preview

Opening Reception

Donations Form

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Reading Room at Youxian Secondary School, Mianyang City, Sichuan

Date 1 September, 2010
Place Youxian Secondary School, Mianyang City, Sichuan Province)
Organizers Youxian Secondary School, Mianyang City
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives To provide reading and recreational facilities for the rebuilt School after the earthquake;
To help establishing sustainable educational program for the afflicted students of the earthquake.

Report

Youxian Secondary School is an integrated school with 40% local students, 60% migrant children of workers and peasants from the rural area. The School charges no tuition, but only 20 yuan for workbook fee. Before the earthquake, the School was granted the first class prize of Quality Teaching School in Youxian district for three consecutive years, and even a top award this year and become a window school for the integrated urban and rural schools in Youxian district.

Construction fund of the new school is donated by the Tzu Chi Foundation in Taiwan. According to the construction plan, the primary and secondary sectors will be located in the same zone. There will be 73 teaching staff and 1,037 secondary junior students, the number of the juniors will see a net increase of more than 300 each year reaching 2,000 students. Including the primary school, the total student number will reach 3500-4000 after 5 years.

Green Field Foundation organized an “English Summer Camp” in the temporary Youxian Secondary School in 2009. The Foundation has decided to allocate RMB 170,000 from the “Care for Tomorrow” program for buying books and other facilities for the Reading Room at Youxian Secondary School.

The volunteer in Sichuan, Mu Guang Yao is responsible for managing and purchasing the books and facilities for the School. Construction of the Reading Room was completed on 1 September 2010 and has been opened since then.

Items worth 171,720 yuan including bookshelves, desk, chairs, and books were bought for the Reading Room.

The Reading Room with an area of over 300 sq. m. is located at the third floor of the Academic Building. The School has requested for additional desk and chairs, bookshelves and other facilities in consideration of long-term development. This time, 10,000 new books are added and the Reading Room can accommodate 200 students.

As representative of the GFF, Mu attended the ceremony of donation of Reading Room held at Youxian Secondary School on 22 December 2010.

Volunteer in Sichuan, Mu Guang Yao

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Report on “Better English for A Greener China Summer Camp” for English Teachers of Fuyuan County, Yunnan, China, 2010

Date July 26th – 30th, 2010
Place Shengjing Middle School, Fuyuan, Yunnan, China
Organizers Fuyuan Education Board

Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)

Sponsors Fuyuan Shengjing Middle School

Crowe Horwath (HK) CPA Limited

Green Field Foundation Limited

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 so that they can influence their students.

Report

The GFF English Summer Camp was held again this year. The target students were the secondary English teachers of Fuyuan County, Yunnan. A training section was given to all volunteer members on July 17 to ensure the activity would be held fruitfully and effectively.

July 24 was a sunny Saturday. A total of 16 volunteers were divided into 2 groups and traveled to Kunming from Hong Kong & Shenzhen. We had dinner in Kunming and took a bus organized by local Education Bureau to Fuyuan. We arrived the hotel quite late. The overall conditions of the hotel were pretty good.

On Sunday, we had a meeting in the morning to make sure everything is in order, and had a sight seeing trip to the old “Tea Route” in the afternoon. As it was the first time for some of the volunteers visiting Kunming, the scenery was very impressive. Yet our trip was cut short by pouring rain.

The camp started from July 26, Monday to July 30, Friday. The morning sections were lessons given by tutors and the afternoons sections were group discussions leading and monitoring by the volunteers. There were brief exchange and sharing for us each evening after school.

At the last day of the camp, a group performance were presented by each group to demonstrate the skills they learnt during the past 4 days and show their passion to perform in English. The performances included dramas, singings and charade. The shows were creative and full of fun. All volunteers were impressed by their passion and creativity. It was agreed that teachers are born actors.

The local English teachers, i.e. our students, were friendly and enthusiastic. They tried very hard to communicate with us in English. Some of them were a bit shy at the beginning but became quite talkative after warming up. In the afternoon classes, besides doing the assigned exercises, they also shared their culture and stories with us. Their English standard was quite high, although the pronunciation was with strong accent in general. Their vocabulary is good as well. The local educational department paid high attention to this activity. The officers were also very considerate and hospitable.

It was to our surprise that Fuyuan is so rich. The mining industry there generates wealth for them. Next time, we are looking forward to visit a more remote and less established county.

Last but not the least, Kunming is a very beautiful place.

Edith Kung

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Library at Chenjiaba Secondary School, Mianyang City, Sichuan

Date 17 June, 2010
Place Chenjiaba Secondary School, Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County
Organizers Chenjiaba Secondary School
Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives To provide reading facilities for the rebuilt school after the earthquake;
To help establishing sustainable educational facility for the afflicted students of the earthquake.

Report

The old Chenjiaba Secondary School was located at Chenjiabachang Town, 19 km east of the old city of Beichuan. The whole school including the academic and office building, laboratory, teaching staff and student hostels, and all facilities were totally disrupted in the huge earthquake in 12 May. 11 students and 5 teachers were reported dead, with dozens injuried. After the earthquake, the students have to go to other parts of Beichuan such as Guixi and Mianyang to continue their studies.

After the casualties, with assistance from Qingdao city, the reconstruction project of Chenjiaba junior high school was started on 12 January 2009 and completed on 25 August 2009. The new school is named as “Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County Haier Chenjiaba Secondary School”.

The new school is located at Shuangyan Village of Chenjiaba. The school has a site area of 15,550 sq m, a total floor area of 6,087 sq m, and comprises of the teaching zone, living zone and sports zone. The teaching zone has 15 classrooms, one laboratory for each of the physics, chemistry and biology class respectively, a PC room, multi-media teaching room, language room, music room, arts room, teaching room for children not living with their parent or parents who are working in other areas, and 8 teaching staff offices. The living zone has 40 student hostels, a student canteen and a restaurant, and 8 teaching duty rooms. The sports zone, with a site area of 5,000 sq m, has a 200-m circular track, a 100-m track, and a mini football field. Also, the school is fenced and has a green area. All the facilities and equipment in the functional teaching rooms, offices, laboratories, canteens and hostels are brand new. Total investment of the school amounts to 21.57 million yuan.

The school officially opened on 30 August 2009. Currently, it has 511 students of 12 classes; 39 teaching staff, 35 of them are permanent staff.

Green Field Foundation has visit the afflicted school in 2009 and decided to allocate RMB150,000 yuan from the “Care for Tomorrow” program to buy books and equipment for the library at the school to help establishing sustainable educational facilities for the afflicted students.

A total of RMB150,840 yuan was spent in the library. Facilities provided include book, bookshelves, desk and chairs, and computers.

The original plan of the school did not include the library and reading room. After the foundation expressed the wish of donation, the school authority decided to transform 2 offices into a library and a corridor linking the 2 teaching building into the reading room.

The reading room is spacious and well-lit with 30 reading desks and 180 seats. We had donated 5,000 books to the library. Two volunteers work as instructors and librarians in the library, responsible for handling, lending the books, setting up electronic files, and guiding the students.

Our volunteer in Sichuan, Mu Guang Yao is responsible for managing and purchasing the books and facilities for the reading room. Construction of the library and reading room was completed on 17 June 2010 and has been opened since then.

As representatives of the GFF, we attended the ceremony of donation of reading room held at Haier Chenjiaba Secondary School on 25 June 2010.

Volunteer in Sichuan, Mu Guang Yao
25 June 2010

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Reading Room at Ganxi Primary School, Mianyang City, Sichuan

Date 20 May, 2010
Place Ganxi Primary School, Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County
Organizers Ganxi Primary School, Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives To provide reading facilities for the rebuilt school after the earthquake;
To help establish sustainable educational facility for the afflicted students of the earthquake.

Report

The huge earthquake in 12 May disrupted the whole Ganxi Primary School in Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County. With support from the Party, the Government and the whole community, construction of a new school building was started on 7 August 2009 and already completed. A celebration ceremony was held on 9 May 2010. With donations of 6.5 million yuan raised by Suzhou TV News “Night Express” together with Gusu Evening Post and contributed through the Suzhou Red Cross, and 5.36 million yuan from Pingguo County, Baise City, Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region, construction of the multifunctional new school can be progressed smoothly on a new site as planned by the County’s educational authority.

The new school building is located at Guixi Village, Beichuan County, with a site area of 38 acres and floor area of 5,000 sq. m. which can accommodate 380 students and a full range of facilities including a 300-m running track, football field, basketball court, and an academic building. The Academic Building has a laboratory, PC room, music room, arts room, multi-media teaching room, technical room, Party office, library, and filing room. To ensure education quality, the school has recruited a team of more than 20 teachers with college or above education level, and relevant supporting staff.

In support of the reconstruction of the quake-affected areas in Sichuan and to help in establishing sustainable educational program for the afflicted students of the earthquake, the Green Field Foundation has made a visit there and decided to allocate RMB100,000 yuan from the “Care for Tomorrow” program for buying books and bookshelves for the Library at Ganxi Primary School.

Items worth RMB100,800 yuan including bookshelves, desk and chairs, books and computers were bought for the Library.

The Library, with an area of 75 sq m, is located at the third floor of the Academic Building. We estimated during our visit that the School has received over 1,000 books donated by all walks of life after the earthquake, plus the 5,800 books donated by us, the total number of books reach 7,000.

Our volunteer in Sichuan, Mu Guang Yao is responsible for managing and purchasing the books and facilities for the School. Construction of the Library was completed on 20 May 2010 and has been opened since then. There are 6 reading desks and 36 seats, a librarian and guidance course for students.

As representatives of the GFF, we attended the ceremony of donation of reading room held at Guixi Primary School on 25 June 2010.

Volunteer in Sichuan, Mu Guang Yao
25 June 2010

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Community Reading Room at An County, Sichuan

Date September, 2009
Place Huimin Community Centre, An County, Sichuan
Organizers Ganxi Primary School, Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives To provide reading and recreational facilities for afflicted people of the earthquake;
After working for nearly a month, the Community Reading Room at An County, Sichuan was completed on 20 August, and was opened officially by the end of September.

Report

The basic facilities of the Reading Room includes printed books, electronic books, library catalogue, information, burglarproof devices, computers, desks and chairs, bookshelves, etc.

Regarding the book collection, we have bought 7,000 printed books as planned. Together with the 610 free copies given to us by the book dealer, we got a total of 7,610 printed books. All the books are certified copies by the authority. We bought the library management system also and had arranged professionals to conduct training on book cataloguing, classification, shelving and management for staff of the Reading Room. We have prepared a catalogue for all the books, registered the books, fixed a magnetic strip in every book and installed an alarm system at the exit of the Reading Room. All these will ensure good maintenance, avoid losses of books and facilitate long-term use of the Reading Room.

We have created a Local Area Network (LAN), through which a number of PCs are connected to a main computer to access the electronic books. It saves the cost of buying a server and solves the issue of sharing of as much as 36,000 electronic books. The electronic books cover many areas, that compliment and enrich our book varieties and saves much for buying printed books.

The purpose for GFF to setting up a community Reading Room in An County is to improve the quality of life of local residence. With the Reading Room being set up, people can have a place to read and stay after work. By encouraging reading, people can gain more knowledge and information, enriching their life. GFF also provides organic and biodynamic farming technique books and materials to help local farming industry to improve their crops.

Mu Guang Yao

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English Summer Camp for Students of Youxian Secondary School, Mianyang City

Date July 26-31, 2009
Place Temporary School Site of Youxian Secondary School, Mianyang City
Organizers Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors CCIF CPA Limited
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives
  • To organize summer activities for students of Youxian Secondary School. The school is going to have a long summer holiday since most teachers and staff have to prepare for the construction and opening of its new school.
  • To allow local students and young people understand the livelihood of students affected by last year’s earthquake. It is the last chance to experience teaching in a settlement school.

Report

Leading by Dr Graham Lock, the English Summer Camp for students of Youxian Secondary School at Mianyang City has been successfully executed. Youxian Secondary and Primary School had been destroyed during last year’s earthquake. The students are studying in a temporary structure 1 mile away from the original school site. The summer camp was held in the temporary site.

This year’s program was designed for junior secondary students. We had four professional teachers, volunteers from the sponsor, and some young volunteers. It was a big group of over 20 volunteers. However, the local response was unexpectedly high and we had to handle bigger classes than we had planned. It was hard work for our volunteers. Yet our hard work had been rewarded by the significant progresses of the students during the week. They are so eager to learn and their performances deeply impressed their teachers and our volunteers.

This event also provided a valuable experience for the volunteers, especially the younger ones. They have become the idols of local students and built up valuable friendship with them. The teachers and students of local area had been through such a tragic event, yet they were so content with what they had and living every moment wholeheartedly and happily. Living in Hong Kong, we should be grateful of what we have and learn from the people of the afflicted areas on how to face adversity and survive.

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BioDynamic Agriculture seminar for farmers of earthquake affected area

Date July 29-30, 2009
Place An County Government Building
Organizers An County Government
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives
  • To help farmers affected by the earthquake to revitalize their farmland;
  • To promote Green and BioDynamic farming technique among local farmers, authorities and interested parties.
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