L2. Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills
Initially, it was difficult to get the kids to interact with. The first day was very tedious to work with them, they wouldn’t collaborate or co-operate. All of them were extremely hesitant to speak for the first few sessions. So I started to conduct indoor games with them such as board games and a game called 4 corners. They would get very difficult to manage due to their shouting and screams. To organise and manage them was a big task and the biggest skill I learned due to them was leadership. After a few sessions I got comfortable with them and could manage and understand them. It was really difficult to manage time during the 3rd term of DP as a lot of submissions pile up during this time. Still, I committed to go every Sunday to teach the kids.
L3. Initiate and plan a CAS experience
I had to plan the lessons which were appropriate for the kids according to age level (they ranged from grade 4-10). Most of the lessons were about life skills and about sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell anemia is common in that area due to inbreeding which is practiced in the tribal area. They were taught to identify the symptoms and indications of SCA. They were also taught things to take care if they have SCA, one of the most important was to consume enough water to stay hydrated. We donated water bottles to them for the same reason.
Another important part of this was the computers. We had to plan for where we would source the old computers and how we would upgrade them. We also had to buy desks for the desktops. And there were some parts to upgrade the computers to make them suitable for modern use. A donor was sourced from singapore.
L6. Engagement with issues of global significance
Educating children, especially from rural areas is one of the most important service action which can single handedly make the biggest impact to their future. Other than general education, it is equally important to make them aware about the life threatening sickle cell anemia.
L7. Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions
Even though there could be more money available, I chose to reuse computers in order to minimize e waste. E waste is nearly the most difficult waste to make use of, not that any significant amount of any kind of waste does not end up going to landfills.