Service learning educational field trip
Students from BIBA recently travelled to the Hai Dian district of Beijing, to make new friends, who live in the Navy General Hospital suffering from very severe, rare forms of leukemia, which are extremely difficult to treat. The BIBA students’ visit had been arranged as part of the school’s Service Learning program, in which pupils take responsibility for reaching out into the wider community, planning and undertaking a variety of projects.
Zachary from Grade 8 takes up the story: “I didn’t really know what to expect. We knew that the children would be ill and that they may have lost their hair as a result of their treatment. We went with the idea of trying to cheer them up, but what happened was that they cheered us up! They are so brave and strong. We heard the stories from parents and I interviewed a doctor. These children will be spending the mid Autumn holidays in hospital.”
Ms Lea, who organised the trip said: “BIBA started its association with the Summer Foundation last year, when we raised 11,000 RMB to support their work, caring for these leukemia kids. They have gathered together some of the top doctors and nursing staff in China and the children receive the best available care. I want to thank the Summer Foundation for giving us this opportunity to provide our children with such a special learning experience.”
BIBA students, sang songs, played games and shared stories with their new friends. Sheilah Murthy, co-ordinator of BIBA’s Service Learning added that “Our students conducted themselves impeccably and we all agreed that we should go back to visit again soon.”