Posted by Nick Dale on Sep 29, 2019
From my experience with military service, I learned that you never volunteer!!! If you do it’s to your detriment.  That being said, the CMIRC Cultural Exchange Program at BEAM Educational Foundation needs volunteers.  Contact Roger or Nick.
 
From January 2020 to March/April 2020 the focus of our involvement at BEAM changes from Cultural Exchange to GED. You may well ask what is GED? I know that not being an American, I asked about it the first time I heard "GED at BEAM".
 
Basically, a GED is a series of tests used to show if you have a high school level education or not..... Once you've earned your GED certification, it's practically as good as an actual diploma. Studies say in America 96% of employers accept a GED as being equal to a diploma. College and universities in Thailand with English-speaking programs will accept GEDs as equivalent to a Thai high school diploma for entrance.
 
At BEAM, CMIRC helps the students with the GED modules in Social Studies. Topics are:
History – Geography – Economics – Civics and Government.
 
Our current team Roger Lindley and Bob Carroll would not only love you to join them, so would our students -- new faces, opinions, the desire to share, new additional support in achieving their goal of a better education with that comes exciting, rewarding opportunities: to be recognized as individuals accepted and appreciated together with improved earnings for the graduates. 
 
Classes provisionally are as below:
Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday
Time:    13h30 to 15h00
Location: At BEAM Educational Foundation, just south of the Old City
Website: beamed.org
They are also on Facebook Beam Education Foundation

Meanwhile, the debates continue in this semester's Cultural Exchange:
During class this week in preparation for their debate on Friday “Girls are better at studying than boys” we watched the video on Greta Thunberg at the UN talking on Climate Change. 

We were all amazed at her composure, the content, structure, deliverance of presentation but most of all her passion. Skills needed for their up and coming debate.
 
In conclusion we had a small debate about the desire to achieve their goal of a better education, fired by a visit to Payap University, Chiang Mai last week. Points that came up were very interesting.
 
So, I invite you to write and give me your thoughts, views, experiences on any of the topics I would love to share these with the students.
 
Proposed Debate Topics:
  • Have Governments moved with the changing times?
  • Do Governments represent themselves or do they really represent the People?
  • What is freedom? 
  • Has racial equality improved today or is it going backwards?
  • How has the role of a mother and father changed?
  • How do we improve the availability of education?
I look forward to your contributions.
 
REMEMBER WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR 2020. Please put your best foot FORWARD!!
 
 
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