One Million Words Donates to Help Children in Tibet at Senjimeiduo School

Lamma Island, China (PressExposure) June 16, 2015 -- One Million Words Organization is proud to announce that they have completed the first stage of their efforts to help children in Tibet by giving the gift of literacy to the Senjimeiduo Tibetan Charity School in Dali, Yunnan, China, thanks to a charity auction held by Single Malt Online.

On Monday, June 1st, Dr. Robert Lockyer and Kitty Zhang from the organization made the arduous trip to Dali, Yunnan, China to attend the official opening ceremony of the new Senjimeiduo library. The old library was lost in a tragic fire in 2014, along with all of the story books and classroom materials they had available. Dr. Lockyer gave a presentation about One Million Words and presented teenage level readers to the library as some of the first new books to line its shelves.

On Tuesday, June 2nd, the pair traveled to Lijiang, Yunnan, to meet with the principle of the Senjimeiduo school to discuss the details of the donation and assess future needs. The school has asked for more local language books, more English readers, and if possible, books catering to students learning Chinese as an additional language, as these are difficult to come by. Dr. Lockyer discussed the current Indiegogo campaign to help raise awareness and hopefully provide much needed funds to turn this request into a reality.

Wednesday, June 3rd proved to be one of the most eventful days of the trip, as Dr. Lockyer and Ms. Zhang observed classes and performed the official donation of handing over a total of over 900 curriculum books - worth over $7,000USD - that were desperately needed by the school so they could return to having regular classes and provide the children with a competitive education. They also gave lessons on how to use and fully understand the materials, rather than just reading and reciting them.

The morning of June 4th, Dr. Locker and Ms. Zhang taught lessons using the newly donated books for the children, as well as to educate the teachers in methods of fully utilizing their content and ways to expand on the lessons. In the afternoon, the students gave a short presentation about story telling using some of the new storybooks and sang local and English songs as a way to show their appreciation.

The final day of the trip on Friday June 5th involved traveling back to Dali where a meeting was held and One Million Words was asked to help write a curriculum for the school and source additional books dealing with math, music, art, science, Chinese, and the humanities.

"Overall, it was a very successful endeavor", said Dr. Robert Lockyer. "Seeing the children's faces light up, not just at having new books, but for the knowledge that they can get a real education - that's the reason to do this."

About One Million Words Organization

One million words is the culmination of years of research and identifying the need for not only quality textbooks in classrooms in Asia but also for inspiring and entertaining works of fiction that are age and culturally appropriate to the readers.

Dr Robert Lockyer, a well-known and published author in mainland China, with over 120 published titles to his name, was contracted by Pearson Education, China to work with the Ministry of Education on secondary and post-secondary education reform for 'tier one' cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

It was whilst working on this reform Dr Lockyer, learnt that the 'education gap' started way before secondary education. He saw the need for ALL students to have access to materials not only for academic purposes but also for entertainment.

From 2005 to 2012 Dr Lockyer travelled extensively throughout Asia lecturing, training and developing literacy programs in many of the rural and remote parts of many countries. Setting up book collections in orphanages, local communities and rural schools. He personally donated over 5,000 printed books during this period but saw the need for a larger and more focused operation.

In early 2013 Dr Lockyer, together with Mr D.K Clarke, were commissioned by an accredited UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) organization to write the standards for TESOL-C (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language - Children). It was whilst working jointly on this project that the idea for forming an organization to assist and promote literacy in rural and remote provinces in Asia.

Over the next few years the pair actively worked on the promotion of literacy and the 'love of reading', when they visited the Philippines for a conference and were approached by one of the local organizations to assist in readable materials for their community as the resources on hand were dated, worn and generally of no readable interest. Their need and desire was for purposeful resources to assist in either academic knowledge to increase their children's school grading, and for books that their child 'want to read.'

With the coming of 2014, the needs from communities, schools, and even from semi-government organizations continued to grow to a level that was unmanageable, and the pair formed the concept to source and donate 'one million words' of age appropriate, subject appropriate, as well as readable fiction stories in either the students first language or a second language, generally being English in Asia. The group has steadily grown, and is continuing to grow, and we now have a sole focus of providing books to the word value of 'one million words' per project per country, with our focus countries being Laos, PR China, Philippines, and Hong Kong, where access to books are cost prohibitive for most rural towns/villages.
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