Raise awareness in UK/US schools

Attending school is a great opportunity for young people – it enables them to make their dreams come true.

What is behind "Act for your Dreams" Project?

This project aims at helping young students in the West realise that school is a great opportunity to make their dreams come true.
The “Act for your dreams” project is a series of testimonials and success stories of disadvantaged Southeast Asian children and interactive sessions with students. It is a reminder of why our kids should appreciate the privilege of being able to access education as a means to achieve their dreams. 

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Why do we work with UK/US students? Turning Constraint into Fulfilment!

Get involved in "I have a Dream" project

We believe that education is a key to fulfiling dreams; yet, many students see school as a constraint. Children of the Mekong’s goal is to shift their focus and help UK/US students realise that school provides them with vital experiences and a way to achieve their goals. For that, we use inspirational testimonials to confront them with courageous children living in slums and refugee camps who have managed to escape poverty and fulfilled their dreams thanks to education.

Our Goals

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Raise Awareness

Help students change their view of school and work.

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Collaborate

Conduct interactive activities with students to explore the different opportunities they can access through school.

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Engage

Help students understand the difference they can make by helping underprivileged children access quality education.

What we offer

FREE AND INTERACTIVE SESSIONS

  • All sessions are carried out by trained volunteers.
  • Contents are adapted to any level, in primary and secondary school (Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5).
  • The project is suitable for all schools – state schools, public schools, private schools and other educational institutions.
  • The purpose of this project is to help students broaden their horizons through exposure to hurdles children in other parts of the world have to face.

Learn more how can the interactive session of Children of the Mekong be useful for the children

Céline Martinage, headteacher of a French school
Celine Headteacher

“This project is a wonderful opportunity for a child living in the West to broaden their horizons, find new motivation in their studies, and discover the real meaning behind the word ‘solidarity’.”

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Alice Former overseas volunteer at Children of The Mekong

After having volunteered to help poor people in Asia for one year, I decided to continue getting involved for one more year. I wanted to do it to help young people realise how lucky they are to have easy access to education, healthcare system, water or power! I think it is a good thing to tell them about children’s lives living half the world away and who are eager to learn. It might push them to take action in their daily lives.

 

Chloé from Demotz School, France
Chloe (Year 10)

“I realise how lucky I am to be able to go to school even though I don’t always feel like going. In other parts of the world, young people can only dream of attending school! This project taught me – and my family – about the life of a child in Asia, as I was touched by YNung’s story, and I wanted to talk to people around me about it. I think differently now, and I realise that I’ve been given a fantastic opportunity in life.”

Aims:

1) Raise awareness of the key role of education using
meaningful testimonials
2) Encourage students to get to know themselves better
3)  Help students become aware of the privilege they have been granted by living in the West

What to expect:

1) Raise Awareness:
– Presentation of the Organisation – 15 minutes
– Attending School is an Opportunity: A Testimonial of a Young Asian Student – 20 minutes

2) Collaborate:
– Discussion – 20 minutes
– Design a Group Poster ‘The Wall of Gratitude’ – 20 minutes

3) Engage:
– Individual/Group Time for Reflection (optional) – 15 minutes

Aims:

1) Raise awareness of the key role of education using meaningful testimonials
2) Encourage students to get to know themselves better
3) Introduce students to the idea of common good and responsibilities
4) Work on a vocabulary pertaining to a specific subject (the right recipe to make a dream come true)

What to expect:

Preamble – Establish a Connection with the Students (optional) – 5 minutes

1) Raise Awareness:
– Presentation of the Organisation – 15 minutes
– Attending School is an Opportunity: A Testimonial of a Young Asian Student – 20 minutes

2) Collaborate:
– Discussion – 20 minutes
– Design a Group Poster, ‘The Recipe to Make my Dreams Come True’ 20 minutes
– Reflection Time (optional) – 10 minutes

3) Engage:
– Individual/Group Time for Reflection (optional) – 15 minutes

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Aims:

1) Raise awareness of the key role of education using meaningful
testimonials
2) Encourage students to understand themselves better
3) Introduce students to the idea of common good and
responsibilities
4) Work on a vocabulary pertaining to a specific subject (the recipe to make a dream come true)
5) Help students develop their teamwork skills

What to expect:

Preamble – Establish a Connection with the Students (optional) – 5 minutes

1) Raise Awareness:
– Presentation of the Organisation – 15 minutes
– Attending School is an Opportunity: A Testimonial of a Young Asian Student – 20 minutes

2) Collaborate:
– Discussion – 20 minutes
– Design a Group Poster, ‘The Recipe to Make my Dreams Come True’ 20 minutes
– Reflection Time (optional) – 10 minutes

3) Engage:
– Individual/Group Time for Reflection (optional) – 15 minutes

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Aims:

1) Use young Asian people testimonials to help students understand how studying is a key to achieving their goals and dreams
2) Encourage students to understand themselves better
3) Introduce students to the idea of common good
4) Help students develop their teamwork skills

What to expect:

1) Raise Awareness:
– Presentation of the Organisation – 15 minutes
– Attending School is an Opportunity: A Testimonial of a Young Asian Student – 20 minutes

2) Collaborate:
– Group Work on the Testimonial of a Young Person Sponsored by Children of the Mekong – 25 minutes
– Feedback- 20 minutes
– Design a Group Poster, ‘The Recipe to Make my Dreams Come True’ 30 minutes
– Individual Reflection Time (optional) – 15 minutes

3) Engage:
– Individual/Group Time for Reflection (optional) – 15 minutes

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You are a teacher or a headteacher and would like to organise a session in your school?

Are you passionate about education and want to get involved as a volunteer?

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I Have a Dream Intervention