As many people may be unaware of the hazards associated with the current waste disposal methods as well as alternatives to them, an explicit explanation of the facts was hoped to motivate change in people’s practices.
The situation was presented in the contexts of:
a. health: diseases from stagnant water and toxins
b. environment: pollution of water, air, and land
c. finances: money can be made by recycling
Targeted groups for the campaign were:
2. health centers
Students are the next generation of the town, and have more resources than past generations, such as increased communication opportunities and a network of online knowledge; they are the best bet to change the (their) future.
Presentations were given in 2 boarding schools, 1 tutoring session, and 3 English classes, all mainly of high school and post-high school students (high school had recently finished session).
Games were played in most classes, including a game to guess materials in the classroom as well as a recycling infrastructure role-play, in which students were split into groups and mimicked the path recyclables took from consumers/households to collectors to recycling shops to factories; students quite enjoyed this recycling game. The two major problems, river dumping and trash burning, as well as two potential solutions, recycling and reusing (plastic bags), comprised the lessons.
Our typical lesson plan
One of our community partners, teacher Saya Min, makes learning the concepts fun through interactive and humorous teaching
Students at the first boarding school we taught
Students pretend to sell recyclables to each other as part of the recycling shop game
Students at the second boarding school we taught. Both schools consist of mostly Palaung students from the nearby villages
On the back was a translation to Burmese provided by an expert English teacher in the town, Mr. Aung Gyi.
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