Youth Educating Youth School
Since 2010, VIS has maintained an ongoing sister school relationship with Ban Sapanthong Tai, a primary school located nearby, through activities led by teachers and the student body. These included the building and stocking of a library, computer access through donated devices and ongoing technical support, the building of play areas and infrastructure upgrades, as well as invitations to participate in VIS school events and co-curricular activities to foster student-to-student relationships.
The Sister School Project is made possible through fundraising efforts by the Parents and Friends Association (P&F) and the VIS Student Council, generous support from sponsors, as well as a loan from the school administration which has since been fully paid off.
YEYS was initiated by Ms Kim Green and VIS student Beautrice in 2012, and commenced in 2013 as an After School Activity on alternate Saturdays. Lessons taught to grades 1 to 5 students from Ban Saphantong Tai included Music, English, Art, Sports/Games, Maths and Science, and are supervised by VIS teachers.
While lessons take place between students, two VIS teachers conduct English lessons for all four teachers from the sister school. YEYS, with support from the P&F, uses various school events to raise funds to provide lunches during the Saturday sessions, purchase school materials for the sister school, as well as provide approximately 10 scholarships for students to attend Sapanthong Tai Primary School, for those families who cannot afford to send their children.