community-university engagement

 Brainstorming the impact of urban life: Classroom discussions

In the class, I asked my students that “how does the increasing degree of urbanization change the next generation’s view on localized cultural identity? And how should we as anthropologists collaborate with the community?”

In the class, I discussed on the concept of urban life and then I asked the students to think about the ways in which they all could engage with Taungthaman Village to understand the impact of urban life.

Lining the slippers 3: Making a difference

When I see this, I feel that they are not that unaware children. We can encourage them, we can teach them and we can cultivate them. But it is funny that every time when I go there I have to remind them to place their slippers systematically.

But I hope one day this will be become tnatural. Now, most of them have got to the point where they place their slippers systematically. So, I feel that I can do it. I can improve some parts of their life.

Lining the slippers 1: Making a difference

When I see their slippers, I feel that they are unsystematic. This is where we begin sharing knowledge with them.

 

ဒီကလေးလ က ဒီေုမိ ျိုး စည်းကမ်းမရှိဖြစ်လေ ာကို ဖြုဖြင်လြးချင်စိ ်လ ဖြစ်မိ ယ်။ ဥြမာ ဒီေုမိ ျိုး စည်းကမ်းမရှိ ဲ့ အဖြစ်မျိုးကို ဖခားနိုင်ငံဖခားသား စ်လယာက်လယာက်ကသာ ဖမင်သ ားရင် ဖမေ်မာေူမျိုးက ဒီေုမိ ျိုးေား ဆို ာမျိုး

မဖမင်လစချင်ဘူး။ အဲေုိ အဖမင်ခံရ ာေည်း များခဲ့ပြ။ီ ထြ်ပြီးလ ာ့ မဖြစ်လစချင် လ ာ့ဘူး။ဒါကကီးကိုဖြင်ြစ်ချင် ဲ့စိ ်လ ဖြစ်ော ယ်။ 

What happens when university students invest in community

Those kids were coming to us in the village where we were sharing knowledge. They were so happy to learn with us. They were playing around when we first went there. 

When I looked at those kids, I felt that they had very little of health education because they were dirty and didn’t even were footwear or slippers. But when they were running to me,I felt how they loved to learn with us. And I felt that I m a useful person and that I was so impressive to them as an educated person. In other words, I learnt to be a little proud of myself.

The impact of urban life: Interactions from the field

The school children of the Htantaw village, Taungthaman village tract were asked – What is the most beautiful place in Taungthaman? They could either draw pictures or describe in words. The children drew from their imagination and showed it to my students.

Snacks are important part of a community’s cultural heritage. We included this in our session and served traditional snacks like Noe-hta-min or rice mixed with milk.

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