I have some news from one of the charities we support, Big Brother Mouse in Laos. It was set up in 2006 by a retired American publisher with a simple aim: to publish children’s books which have traditionally been popular worldwide.
Teacher training is one of the most important parts of the charity’s work and in July of this year they provided more teacher training than in their entire previous six years of existence. This is perhaps best summed up by a quote from the organisation itself:
Most of today’s Lao teachers grew up without books. They never heard parents and teachers read aloud to them. As students, some had textbooks and some did not, but they never had the lively, colourful books that Big Brother Mouse produces, books that make it fun to read and learn.
The training also helps teachers develop skills for using books in class and it also provides training days for students at local Teacher Training Colleges (TTC). To show how well things are going, this summer some 600 teachers, from more than 500 villages throughout northern Laos, came to TTCs for additional training.
New children’s book: “In the Land of Dinosaurs”
Sipai, who is one of the staff of at Big Brother Mouse, has written a new book called “In the Land of Dinosaurs”. However before this can go into print the charity is seeking $1,500 in sponsorship. If you’d like to donate please visit the Big Brother Mouse website.
To find out more about Big Brother Mouse and the other charities Audley supports, visit our Southeast Asia charities page.