Br. John D' Cruz visit to La Salle Study Centre, Changjiao

March 2010

     

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Friday, April 2, 2010, 9:39 PM

 Dear friends of SJTC,
 
Greetings from Ipoh . Just back from a short visit to Brother David's Study Centre in Changjiao, a small village in southern China , some seven hours bus ride from Hong Kong . Indeed, a very pleasant, rural site with hills, ponds, a stream passing through the village sector where David has his Study Centre and scattered houses (old and new)...all contributing to a very simple, hardworking way of life.
 
I really admire the way the Study Centre is set up and the way David has created a new interest in English through some very intensive, weekend English lessons for the students through a rigorous, well-disciplined and systematic approach to the introduction of English sounds, speech and collective reading that makes use of interactive, repetitive and chorus participation at Level One. And with David at the power-point, the class gets into the learning with great enthusiasm. At the session I attended, there were about eighty enthusiastic students.
 
Later, he has Levels 2, 3 and 4 at which, though the numbers are fewer, there is greater emphasis on other aspects of of the English language. Again, one notices the enthusiasm with which these students enter into the learning.
 
I did not get the chance to attend his regular holiday sessions when with the help of foreign/local help David attends to the language needs of up to three hundred and fifty students. What is striking is how these students take to English in a method reminiscent of the traditional Chinese 'group-chorus' method.
 
Beyond the classroom, David is very much at ease with the villagers who regard him as "Teacher" and the people make him feel very much at home. He has also initiated some community-development programmes especially in different forms of agriculture, re-construction of houses and now he has set sights on setting up an incinerator in the village. He is also concerned with village unity and with encouraging the villagers to be concerned with helping the less fortunate.
 
As I have observed, David is truly into the "human and spiritual education of youth, and increasingly, of adults, especially the poor." I believe that as Lasallians we should also be similarly inclined and be more aware of the needs of those who don't seem to fit into the existing educational system and create meaningful non-formal alternative styles of education
  
Sincerely,
BJ

 

 
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