A lesson in gratitude

IGS students had a lesson in gratitude recently after having a special visit from Paul Otto, Founder of AllKids, an organisation that provides education to disadvantaged children in Cambodia.

Year 5 student Darcy Fishburn said she and her classmates came to realise how lucky they really are for the educational opportunities they have at IGS.

“We have a better understanding of what other children’s school experiences are like,” she said.

Later this year the school will participate in B Kinder Day, and all proceeds raised this year will be donated to AllKids.

“I think this is a really worthy cause,” Darcy said.

Mr Otto gave the students an insight into the children who live in rubbish dumps in Cambodia, and who do not receive an education.

“The schools will not accept children without a birth certificate and many families do not have one,” Darcy said.

For others, they live too far away from the schools. So this is where AllKids comes in to help.

“They help with funding to get the birth certificates and they have buses that run all day, picking kids up and dropping them off at school.”

Darcy said she was surprised to learn the older children stay home to take care of the younger children, and miss out on an education.

Allkids set up daycare centres for younger children so parents can go to work and older children can go to school,” Darcy said.

“Other things that surprised me were that some children didn’t know how to use a toothbrush and so many schools could not afford many teachers.”

At the end of the lesson, the students wanted to know how they could help.

Head of Junior School, Colin, told the students they already were helping “through the school’s involvement in the Hope series of books being trialed across Years 3, 5 and 6.

“The children no doubt have other ideas to help this worthy cause.”