by Rich Atkinson
Nara* brims with excitement as she holds a copy of the DreamMaker curriculum that she has taught during the last year. She was one of 220 Mongolian teachers who attended the DreamMakers-DreamBreakers conference over a year ago. For a November reunion in 2016, she brought a list of things she wanted to share. Although the curriculum she received was geared toward 12 to 14-year-olds, Nara adapted it for the 9-year-olds in her class to help them understand and avoid things that are considered dream breakers such as substance abuse, premature sexual relationships, stealing, or tardiness.
“As I began to teach the curriculum, I really saw the worth of it,” emphasized another teacher at the reunion. “It can empower young people to be all that they can be in life.”
When one of Chimgee’s* star pupils became pregnant at 16, it shocked the whole boarding school. In order to prevent other students from making the same mistake, Chimgee visited the dorms in the evening and taught the curriculum. As she met with the sophomores, juniors, and seniors, they shared their struggles.
Ooyu taught one of the lessons to two 9th grade classes and afterward she gave a survey to her students. Here are some of her students’ comments:
“Now I see my choices influence my future.”
“I know what to avoid in order to reach my goals and dreams.”
“Using the ISP curriculum has given me the opportunity to build into their lives and counsel them,” Ooyu says.
After another successful DreamMakers conference this past November, a new group of 176 more teachers are encouraged in their vocations as teachers and poised to take this transforming curriculum to their classrooms.
*Not his/her real name