In addition to meeting people on the streets and in shops and schools, we were very honored to have met and dined several times with very high level representatives of the government, education associations, university presidents and more! We probably spent more time outside the USA than in the USA this year. Our professional engagements ranged from keynotes at international conferences, to a country-wide needs assessment of schools, to teacher workshops! Best of all we had an opportunity to visit many schools, and observe classrooms, in each country!
Turkey - Malaysia - India - Vietnam - and more on the schedule!
Here Anne Shaw is enjoying a fine dinner and enjoyable conversation after her presentation to the Director General of the Ministry of Education (right) and Dr. Kamal Jit Singh, CEO of Agensi Innovasi Malaysia of the Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
The presentation was a report back on the extensive tour of Malaysian classrooms and schools, a preliminary Needs Assessment of Malaysian education.
On the tour we visited 17 schools, observed 59 lessons and interviewed small groups of students, teachers and parents.
We visited many schools and observed many classrooms in Malaysia. The hospitality was phenomenal, and the children were a delight!
We visited three basic types of schools - Muslim, Tamil (Hindu) and Chinese!
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I was very honored to be allowed to video a special prayer ceremony taking place at one Tamil school. The sixth graders were preparing for the test of their lives. Please see the video below.
A not-so-brief side trip to see India!
Hanoi, Vietnam, December 2011
Let us share with you some delightful moments from our visits to other countries!
Beypazari, Turkey - Call to Prayer. This was an amazing experience listening to the beautiful call to prayer from the top of the hill!
Somewhere in Malaysia! Here I was amazed, delighted, and honored to be able to observe and photograph this Hindu prayer ceremony. This was a special ceremony for the 6th graders who would be taking their most important exams next week!