Students in Years 4 & 5 at EtonHouse Malaysia International School reacted strongly to the recent earthquake in Japan and Ecuador. To express their compassion for the impacted communities, they decided to raise money for earthquake relief. On Monday April 25th the students held a bake sale, as well as a sale of used books, raising approximately 1,400 MYR. The earthquake relief efforts were a fully student initiated action, in line with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. The idea was born out of the students’ current Unit of Inquiry, where Natural Disasters Impact Humans and the Environment is the Central Idea.
The students then collaborated with the Japanese and Ecuadorian embassies respectively to ensure that the proceedings from the sales got to the right people. This in turn led to a visit from the Ecuadorian Ambassador, Her Excellency Lourdes Puma Puma. H.E. visited EtonHouse Malaysia International School on April 28th, in order to personally thank the students for their efforts and donation.
Following the visit, H.E. sent the school the letter below:
The students visited the Japanese embassy on May 9th to present their donation, after which the Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency Makio Miyagawa, posted an account of their visit on the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia’s website.