By Purevdulam, leader of Social Team and member of Bag Team, Learning Center Arvaikheer
We are 12th graders of BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Arvaikheer and members of the Bag Team. In this team we have been working on producing cotton bags and selling them in order to reduce the single use plastic bags in our community.
Since the Bag Team started we have made over 350 bags for our friends and other people to promote reusable bags. We have been working for over 4 months on decrease plastics called “No plastic No problem” project.
At first we didn’t know how to start, what to do and how to make people stay in positive mind. So our instructor Uugantsetseg Gantumur, Glenda Knight, Eliane Smith and other Bridgebuilders, our parents and local people have been supporting us in many ways.
Maybe some of you want to know about our trip goal, why were were travellingto BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Khovd? Our trip’s purpose was to share our experiences about plastic usage and reusable bags. Also, Khovd is a new learning center so we were interested in making new friends and organizing activities with them using our funds from selling the bags. Everyone who bought our bags at the Bridgebuilder Summit in Germany helped us to travel and organize the activities. Thanks to all Bridgebuilders!
Our first stop was Bayankhongor. When we went to the learning center, Community Hero Tseegii received us happily explaining her work and showing us the new center. We shared our experience with activities. Our next stop was Gobi-Altai learning center. We saw an energetic happy woman named Bayanaa who is the manager of the learning center. We had a great time to discuss BOOKBRIDGE activities at our learning centers. We also met some of the new students of her center and split up into two groups to write our goals to learn English on rainbow scratch paper.
Our final destination of our 2,000km long trip was BOOKRIDGE Learning Center Khovd. Khovd visit was very amazing we had never imagined this. Community Hero Buyanaa was an old friend as she had come to our our TEDx workshop. On the first day we shared our activities with her students. We taught our BOOKBRIDGE song, drew scratching – a night view of Egypt – and made some decorations with plastics. On the next day, we added some branches on the center’s beautiful tree and decorated the walls with plastic flowers that we had made. The students took us out to wonderful monuments and the beautiful park. When we walk with them we talked a lot about our future plans. It was the most memorable day ever. From this trip we learnt many things such as travelling with light package, working as a team and conducting trainings. And we found a bunch of ideas!
A big thank you to our parents and teachers! I am always proud of being student of BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center and every year I learn more and want to do more than in the previous years! The learning center is my second home.