Hope School Visit!

Each week a group of interested and dedicated students meet with Dr. Frazier and together they plan Science activities for local children who rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to do Science activities in school. Each week another group of students meet to plan activities for a local school exchange on Saturdays. Below is Dr. Frazier’s account of the two clubs coming together on Saturday morning:

“The Middle School Hope Club and Science Corps joined forces today to offer some experiments in chemistry for the children at the Hope Foundation School. Our AES students are always so good at assisting the Hope School kids, who are always excited about the chance to do some hands-on science activities. The Hope School students were quick thinkers. They enjoyed mixing, observing, sketching, and discussing their ideas.

The Middle School Hope Club is a junior partner with the High School Hope Club. The purpose is to offer enriched educational and recreational experiences for children from the Hope Foundation School which is located in Sangam Vihar, an impoverished area in South Delhi. The Middle School Science Corps is an initiative to bring firsthand experiences with scientific phenomena to local children who seldom have the opportunity to explore, tinker, and mess about in science. We now have conducted sessions with the Hope Foundation School and Each One Teach One. On Monday afternoon we will visit a section of Making A Difference (MAD) which meets at AES. There the object is to teach English. Our science activities will provide a meaningful and tangible context for learning new language.”

Service Learning at AES MS

We believe that service learning provides you the opportunity to:

  • Apply your skills to improve the community
  • Make real decisions
  • Gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your community, and society
  • Develop as leaders who take initiative
    …in other words, make a difference in the world!

In the Middle School there are some opportunities for students to get directly involved in service learning and we are hoping to create even more opportunities. 

Reach Out: Reach Out will start 2nd quarter and most likely meet on Fridays. There will be a lunch meeting soon to discuss the club. The Reach Out club invites 20 students from the Vivekenand Camp to come to AES and work with the Reach Out club on a variety of activities, designed to improve their English and give them additional opportunities. Students in the club design and prepare the activities. Some activities include the makerspace, swimming, the climbing wall, English lessons, rangolis etc. We encourage students to join and come to our first lunch meeting to be announced soon.

Hope Club: We work with children from the Hope Foundation School which is in an impoverished neighborhood in south Delhi. We visit the school and sometimes the children take us to their homes. On Monday afternoons (M313) we prepare for Saturday morning trips to the school or to another place of interest where we meet the children. We often partner with the High School branch of HOPE CLUB. Sometimes we visit on our own. Middle school members with kids. We sometimes chat with children via skype on Monday afternoons through a high school project called “cyber service.” Conversations strengthen friendships and the children get to practice English.  On 9 September, 2017 we’ll go to Lodi Gardens. Please come if you can!!! Email Dr. Frazier  rfrazier@aes.ac.in for more details.

Science Corps:  This is a new project for AES students and teachers. It gained momentum during the AES March for Science and Earth Day celebration in April, 2017 and is inspired by the Peace Corps. The group hopes to help spread the joy of Science to others. The group will meet each Tuesday in Dr. Frazier’s room (M3133) from 3:45-4:45. Here are just a few of the activities that are already planned:

  • Each One Teach One has a program at a school in Malcha Marg and has asked us for an exchange on Tuesday afternoon 5 September 2017!
  • The MAD (Making a Difference) program at AES high school teaches academic English to children from the Vivikanand Camp. They want to use science activities as a way to build English skills.
  • Hope School: The director and teachers at the Hope School always ask the Hope Club to do more science with their children.
  • Even some AES elementary teachers have asked about Middle School students’ help with science activities.

Thanks to Mr. de Oliveira, our service learning coordinator, and also to the many teachers dedicated to bringing service learning opportunities to the students in the MS.

 

 

 

Nobel Laureate: Kailash Satyarthi

Let us unite the world through the compassion for our children.
-Kailash Satyarthi

 

On Friday April 7th, we were fortunate to welcome Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi to AES. Kailash Ji is working to end child labor in India and around the world, and has already saved 84,000 children from bonded labor. He has started a campaign called 100 million for 100 million – to help end child labor and provide an opportunity for all children to have a quality education.

Kailash Ji enters the gym and greets children.

Kailash Ji embraces Aarav, a student whose family is close with his own, volunteering at the ashram and working together on the same mission.

Introducing Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

He spoke for 45 minutes directly to our students. He talked about their bright faces, their energy, their joy, their dreams….he called them the true heroes and heroines of this world who are full of light. He asked our students if they dream. Do you dream in the night? Do you dream in the day? Do you dream of your future? Do you dream of the future of others? He explained to our students that they are fortunate- they have the opportunity to dream, they have the opportunity to go to a phenomenal school…and there are millions of children who are as fortunate as they are. And there are also millions of children who are not as fortunate as they are.

Kailash Satyarthi speaking to the children of AES.

You could see the love that Kailash Ji has for children.

So inspiring to hear Kailash Satyarthi speak to the students at AES.

Kailash spoke about the fact that there is one earth, and we all walk on the same earth. We are all connected, and it is not okay for there to be 170 million children in the world who are not in school, and instead engaged in child labor. Especially when there are 210 million adults without jobs. Satyarthi stated that it is these children who are not in school who are most vulnerable and the most likely to be radicalized. It is our job to protect our children, as all children must be protected from all dangers.

Satyarthi then told our students about his 100 million for 100 million campaign. He said that he is looking for 100 million children to be the spokesperson, the change-makers, the champions for the 100 million children who are left out.

Students inspired and pledging to help.

Ellen Stern presents Kailash Satyarthi with gifts and gratitude.

Kailash’s final message to us was powerful, the Three Ds:

  • Dream big – not just for yourself, but dream big for all of humanity.
  • Discover the power inside of you, and the possibilities and opportunities outside of you.
  • Do something – act now.

After school, Kailash met with a small working group of students. There were questions and answers for about 20 minutes before Mr. Satyarthi had to leave AES. And then our students engaged in a letter writing exercise and researching addresses of Heads of State for letters that Kailash will be sending out in a week or two.

Small working group engaging in letter writing and researching addresses of Heads of State for Kailash Satyarthi.

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The following video gives an up close account of the kind of work that Satyarthi has spearheaded in India since the 1980s. There is video footage of child labor raids/rescues, which shows how dangerous, heroic and influential his work has been to so many children.

TED Talk: How to make peace? Get angry.

HOPE Club Trip with Santa!

On Saturday, December 10th, the HOPE Club visited the Tigri School. And they brought a special visitor – Santa Claus!!

The HOPE Club used funds raised from the World Language Bake Sale to purchase socks that were wrapped and gifted to the students. Check out the fun and wonderful work that our middle school students are doing on the weekend!

HOPE Club Visits Tigri School

Our students were pretty amazing today. They had planned 3 phases of activity for 1.5 hours–reading/literacy, science, art. They were so good with the Hope School students who remained totally engaged and focused. The art section involved drawing a self-portrait while engaged in one of the morning activities–have attached one with a lovely sentiment. One of our middle schoolers said she was struck with the contrast between her and her classmates grumbling about homework while the Hope School students were overjoyed with being at school and having the chance to learn.

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First Hope Club Trip of the Year

The MS and HS Hope Club had their first trip on Saturday. Rino and Daniel represented the middle school on this trip.
Making friends and spreading happiness is what Hope Club is all about. Among the many benefits our visits bring to the Hope kids is the special opportunity to practice their English.
It would be wonderful to have a larger group of middle schoolers for the 15 October outing to Lodhi Gardens. 100 students from the Hope School are expected to meet us there. This trip is such a treat for the children from Hope School who rarely have the chance to travel outside their neighborhood. We will plan a variety of outdoor activities for them and treat them to a picnic. I hope AES Middle School can plan and run an activity station. One year m.s. students taught a karate routine and some dance moves. We have also led nature/tree/bird and butterfly walks. Last year we constructed kites, flew them and air pressure-water rockets (that had been built by AES 7th graders!). What are some ideas you all have? Talk with Dr. Frazier if you are interested in joining these great trips! Spread the word. Bring your classmates and friends.
Check out the photos below.
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Service Learning Day-Grade 6

The 6th grade spent their Service Learning day in a variety of activities with the purpose of becoming aware of the consequences of acting out of self-interest versus acting in the interests of others and beginning to think about the ways that they can become agents of change. The day started with an activity called the Ice-cream game which is designed to get students thinking about fairness and equality. This led to  a lot of discussion and reflecting and at the end of the day a little bit of fun team building. A wonderful, meaningful day for our 6th graders!

Enrichment Time in February

On Thursday, February 25th we enjoyed a lovely Enrichment Time in all three grades.

Sixth grade students used the time to prepare for the upcoming Student-Parent-Teacher conferences. Check out the teachers modeling an effective conference:IMG_4743

Seventh grade students spent time digging deeper with their empathy work by hosting students from Aanchal School. The school is located in Chanakyapuri and serves students with various disabilities. It is an important project for our seventh grade students, and is very meaningful. Working with special needs students for the first time can be challenging, however students had a very positive experience today, and there were smiles all around. All 7th grade students and Aanchal students met on the MS field for a rotation/station games set-up (some stations will be arts and crafts stations, some more physical, like a big parachute).

HOPE Club to Lodhi Gardens

On Saturday, October 10th the MS and HS HOPE Club ventured to Lodhi Gardens with students and teachers from the Tigri School. From the middle school, Aishwari and Skye joined Dr. Frazier and the other high school students.

Our AES students taught the children how to make the kite. It was a beautiful place to make and fly a kite–with the Bara Gumbad Complex in the background < http://islamic-arts.org/2013/bara-gumbad-masjid-delhi/ >.

Dr. Frazier learned how to make these simple glider-kites from an Australian at a workshop sponsored by NASA in Houston–for teachers from schools connected with the Office of Overseas Schools. At the time, Dr. Frazier was teaching at Dhahran Academy, Saudi Arabia. That summer the workshop group met the ten teacher astronaut candidates, including Christa McAuliffe. They had just finished “0-g” simulation aboard a retrofitted big jet nicknamed, The Vomit Comet. Dr. Frazier has introduced this kite to all ages all over the world. A very durable design–nearly everyone is always successful.

It was an amazing backdrop – kites and monuments. The students from Tigri already know quite a bit about kid flying, but they were very interested in these as they varied some from the traditional design.