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According to the Precious Stones’ Goal, we want to empower women and youth to be skilled and constructive leader in building flourishing communities. Precious Stones Organization’s Youth Program organized the Online Reading Club and Online English Conversation Club for youth by using Zoom application during period of Covid-19 era. There are two Reading Clubs of Insein and East Dagon. For Insein Reading Club, we targeted the university level students and drop-out level students are for East Dagon Reading Club.

Insein Reading Club’s sharing section

The programs were started from end of April 29th, 30th and still in progress of every week. Due to the Reading Club, some youth could participate and shared their experience about their daily activities during Covid-19 period. We made the new world for youth to learn and share their feelings through Social M. In every week, we announced and persuaded youth to be a participant of Precious Stones’ Youth Program by using the Facebook Posts.

East Dagon Reading Club’s sharing section

East Dagon Reading Club’s reading section

We read books, played games about Burmese Proverbs, shared the general knowledge during the Reading Clubs in Insein and East Dagon.  On the other hand, we only have  an English Conversation Club. We organized the students from East Dagon, Insein and Shwe Pyi Thar to participate and let them grab the opportunities to have self-confident, to improve in English Skills and Presentation Skills within the activity.

Insein English Conversation Club’s speaking section

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     There are 4 Self-Help Group Committees in 4 target areas of Precious Stones. In each committee, there are 5 to 15 Self-Help Groups. So, there are 40 Self-Help Groups in Precious Stones. Totally, there are 200 Self-Help Group members. In Pandemic Era of Covid-19, the SHG committees cared their SHG members in each community by supporting basic need to overcome the hardship as much as they can.    

    East Dagon Self-Help Group Committee supported basic foods (rice, oil, sardine tin, noodles and seasoning powder) to 73 Self-Help Group members on 8th April at Community Learning Center because of Covid-19 pandemic threaded. It is really supportive for those who are facing out of work and to earn daily income.           

   Insein Self-Help Committee supported (51) Self-Help Groups’ members on 10th April. They supported basic foods (rice, oil, onion and seasoning powder) from their committee revolving fund. They used (10000 MMK) for each members.

 

East Dagon Self Help Group Committee supported to their Self Help Group members in pandemic era

 

East Dagon Self Help Group Committee supported to their Self Help Group members in pandemic era

32 ward Committee from North Dagon supported basic foods (rice, oil, onion, garlic, soap, eggs and vermicelli) to (25) Self-Help Groups’ members on 2nd April. It’s cost (16000 MMK) for each member. The committee used their revolving fund to support all of their Self-Help Group members.

42 ward Committee from North Dagon supported packs of rice for each SHG members on 20th  April. They used their committee revolving fund each for 7000 MMK.

32 ward Self Help Group Committee supported to their Self Help Group members in pandemic era

Insein Self Help Group Committee supported to their Self Help Group members in pandemic era

 

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(2017-2019) 3 years review was done in MBCU, Mawlamyaing on 30.11.2019. (5)staffs and (40)youths (Drop out and University Students) who were from East+North Dagon and also Insein were actively participated.

Asking and reflecting on how long they participated with Precious Stones Organization by doing activities. Round Table Discussion on learning points improvements and challenges by world cafe’ style and presentation within groups.

Discussion with youths who were participating with community development activities,engaged with learning and also development activities, improve relationships with parents and friends.

  • with topic by topic grading
  • with why,how, challenges by H-form group discussion

Circle time for feeling sharing

World Cafe’ discussion activity

World Cafe’ discussion activity

World Cafe’ discussion activity

World Cafe’ discussion activity

World Cafe’ discussion activity

H -Form group activity

H-Form group activity

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Youth Training on 22-23rd February 2 days training at youth learning center, PS have rational thinking training for youth. Youth program gives self-esteem, responsibilities, problem solving, goal setting and decision making.

Also give an idea about the difference between love and sex and sexual transmitted diseases which make youth to rethink about their values and have awareness on infection. By facilitation with games and role play by the help of mobilizers they actively participated with questions and discussions.

 

 

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Parents knew when they come and learn what their youth were doing in the program, youth were actively participating by reading poems to parents, group songs and individual songs, role play and giving hand make arts drawing to parents drawing by one youth.

First, parents misunderstood that they were wasting their time outside but when they learned the program is doing for youth,giving space for youth to gather to do positively, parents say thanks to the program and have understanding what their youth doing.

Parents were interesting in discussions, participated in games and tea talks.

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Youth were under the pressure of parents who were struggle for their daily lives no time to guide and teach to their kids. Parents only demand what they want. No freedom, no understandings between them. They have less priority to study what they want. Later they don’t like their parents anymore.Youth were burst out how they felt and overcome with and participating happily in the games about how to resolve the problems.

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Community Development Training (1-2 March)

With group presentations, learning the different levels how to face in the community by practice and how to deal with them by eating together, and learning how to listen well and understand them by games.

Understanding the classes of Society (Upper Class)

Understanding the Classes of Society (Middle Class)

Understanding the classes of society (Lower Class)

Personal Assessment and Development Training(4-5 April)

What type of people are you? Are you a type of doer or helper, Influencer or investigator or organizer? To do assessment to self is wonderful for youth. Behavior, thoughts and talks can develop you. But caring, listening and understanding will good for your relationship.

Questioning time with facilitator

Gender and Positive Masculinity (17-18 May)

To know the difference of sex and gender. Lesbian, Gay, Bi- sexual and Trans gender is the social norms that regarded by people. Why violence? Why not peace? Positive changes?Right attitudes? Can this change our society behavior to positive? Can we change our positive masculinity to good behavior according to peace?

Positive Masculinity Training Group Photo Session

Active Citizenship (5-6 July)

Playing some games to know about Civic education and civic mind. As an active citizen, should know about people, planet and profit, to yourself, your country and to the environment. What about the active citizen and the law? To have good minded and responsibilities for the country.

Discussion Time during Active Citizenship Training

 

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