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Education festival at British School Yangon


The British School Yangon (BSY), part of the Nord Anglia Education system, launched an event to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (otherwise known as STEAM) on November 28.

The event commenced with a speech by Tor Del Federico, the principal of BSY, held in the school’s 500-seat theatre. The event showcased the art and scientific achievements of the students, who were keen to show off their work to the general public.

In today’s economy, with the age of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology on the horizon, the need for IT skills is growing. Science and engineering subjects are also in high demand at university, which increasingly also require computer or programming skills.

The event was an excellent opportunity to see these skills in action, with some of the brightest young minds in Yangon, but also to chat with children, parents and staff at the school.

BSY is one of the most esteemed international schools in the city, with its teaching based on the British National Curriculum – adapted to an international environment. Students at BSY may be interested careers as varied as scientist or engineer, artist or mathematician when they graduate. The STEAM event presented the public with a variety of activities and workshops, based around the theme of space exploration.

The school invited the crowd to join in the fun and discover more about STEAM, demonstrated their inclusive and interactive philosophy towards education.

The event included curriculum-based activities, with students ranging from pre-nursery to 13-years-of-age joining in.

The principal of BSY, Tor Del Federico, explained the purpose of holding the event at the school.

“Our purpose is to showcase the amazing things happening in this school through our STEAM programs. What we have as a school is a collaboration with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) which enables our kids to have the most amazing opportunities to work with professors. This will include a visit overseas to the different universities in the summer, so that they can also see where they may like to study in the future. Our teachers also participate in training programs, so they also come back with excellent ideas and materials each year to inspire their students.”

Del Federico illustrated the importance of a balanced approach to education, explaining that the school would offer students a high quality education in a range of important disciplines: “One of the things I really like to do is to show off our school because I think that it is the amazing school. STEAM-thinking is increasingly important. What it does is to fuse two different traditionally separate ideas of arts and science, and brings them together.”

“So the creative approaches are used in traditional scientific ways of thinking, and vice versa. For me, this is the kind of approach a great school should adopt. It is creating ways for students to think more creatively, effectively and to be engaged with changes taking place in the world outside. I wanted to have a chance to show prospective parents, and our existing families, what amazing facilities and teaching staff we have here. When you bring those things together, you get magic.”

“For me, the best learning happens when the children are happy and they enjoy themselves. And we also want to show families the benefits of coming down to school where children have these opportunities to work with competitions set by world-leading organization like MIT.”

“Our school is a fairly new school and we moved to this campus only a year and four months ago. At the moment we have over 540 children enrolled, from 32 different countries. So it’s a very international community. Our school is based around four values which are: adventure, courage, integrity and kindness. On these foundations we have built a unique community.”

The British School Yangon is located at No. 68a, Taw Win Street, Mayangone township, Yangon, Myanmar. To find out more please visit www.britishschoolyangon.org.

San Lin Tun a freelance writer of essays, poetry, short stories and novels in Myanmar and English.

Source: Myanmar Times

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