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Forefront makes impact in Lao CaiJune 10, 2009
Forefront Church of Virginia Beach, Virginia mobilized a six-person team that travelled to the Lao Cai Province of Vietnam to provide student centered learning methods in a teacher conference held at Ta Phin Middle School. This team also provided support and assistance in the construction of a fence and gate structure at the entrance to the school campus grounds. The team consisted of two teachers, a teaching assistant, a nurse, an electronics engineer and a non-profit executive. We were also pleased to welcome Pastor John Bradshaw of the Fellowship of Oso Creek church in Texas. While he came to observe, he was awesome about jumping in with us and was definitely more of a team member than an observer.
While in Ta Phin the team presented student centered learning techniques to approximately 28 teachers from the Ta Phin and surrounding schools. These methods are aimed at helping teachers and schools to make the shift from teacher centered methods to student centered learning that focuses on activities and strategies to enable students to be engaged in the learning process which can forge a deeper understanding of the material and make education really fun. The conference enabled our people to observe a teacher from the Ta Phin school lead a class. This teacher actually used a student centered learning technique that she had developed. She did a great job and asked for feedback from our teachers.
Meanwhile outside the other half of the team worked constructing the fence. The biggest accomplishment all week were the relationships that were formed and the existing relationships that were deepened. Two of us had been in Ta Phin before and we were able to reconnect with people we had met previously. It was so cool to recognize friends made from prior trips. There was singing and dancing with the staff of the school as well as two very awesome lunches shared by the team and the teaching staff at Ta Phin. Additionally, we were so honored to have two tremendous interpreters along with a GVI-Hanoi Staff that was off the charts with their organization and hospitality. Many thanks to Tan, Tim, Huong, Tran, Thuy, Sa, our driver, and everyone else who went out of their way to make it possible for us to serve this part of the world. Each year the partnership that we have developed with GVI deepens as does our friendship, commitment, and dedication to the people of Ta Phin. We miss being there and can’t wait to return soon!