Michael Little Crow and Uraiwan "Bo" Pinthong
President / Project Director------------- Vice President / Project Coordinator
Michael Little Crow
President / Project Director
What is the most valuable thing for a person to do?
“Becoming an Indigenous person, someone connected to the earth and all the living beings on it. All peoples’ of the world began their cultures as tribal societies and then as time passed and the ethnic group became larger, most have moved on to become industrial societies creating various levels of disconnect from mother earth and each other. As we search for the Original earth connection that each of our ancestors had at one time, we find our true selves and this Indigenous Knowledge (Local Wisdom) empowers us to bring great beauty and peace into the world. Educators who are able to tap into this infinite treasure residing within are able to create learning experiences for their students that not only illuminate the path to understanding content knowledge; but also lead the students to the root of their own minds which opens the door to attainment of their full human potentiality.”
Uraiwan "Bo" Pinthong
Vice President / Project Coordinator
Why did I start OPEN Global Village?
“Because I see the value of learning and giving to other people and the need for good teachers. Anybody can be a teacher, but it is very difficult to find a great teacher with a kind heart, who patiently listens to their students’ problems to guide them to a solution. Because I know how hard it is to learn especially when using a second language and coming from a different culture and I see how rare it is to find the teacher who gives their heart to their students to encourage them to continue through their major program to successfully reach their goal. I am fortunate to have my personal teacher, my husband, Michael Little Crow, so I can still learn and get through even when the teacher does not show me kindness. I see how my husband works with his students by giving them a kind heart with patience. He always says, “if my student is not learning, it is my problem, not theirs, and I have to find the way to help them understand.” This is the message that makes me want to build “wonderful teachers” like this. These words are not only from me, but from all his students who tell me this when I meet them. This is why I feel I have to support these projects in any way I can because I want to give back to other people who don’t have someone to OPEN the door of opportunity and create experiences for them to discover the Local Wisdom residing within.”
Dr. Judith Vergun
Board Member / Grant Specialist
What is the most valuable thing for a person to do?
“Learn who you are - find and appreciate your own unique self and understand what is important in your own life. Then, follow your passion. You will do well if you pursue what is most interesting, exciting and meaningful to you. Work hard and don’t lose sight of your goal when the going gets tough. Also, find a good mentor. Someone you trust and who has the wisdom to guide you through your academic experiences and help you make good choices.”
Mr. Ryan Smith
Tutor and Mentor
Specalizing in math and computer programming. From the Navajo Nation
The corporation is organized to serve public educational interests. Accordingly, it shall not be operated for the benefit of private interests.
When working with indigenous communities the model of Sufficiency Economy and Human Development as taught and modeled by His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, will be followed. The United Nations Development Programme believes that Sufficiency Economics is a natural ally of human development, but it also offers two additional elements - placing greater emphasis on mental and spiritual development, and offers guidance on how to make decisions that will achieve sustainability, well-being and happiness. Project coordinators will develop an understanding of the needs and goals of the community by listening to the respected elders and everyone who is involved in the educational care of the children. Curriculum reform and development will take place only after the coordinators have observed and experienced the local educational delivery systems currently in use by the community. Then, working in partnership with local educators the project coordinators will develop and implement curriculum and teaching methods which enhance the well being and humane development of the community’s children while creating greater opportunity for the full expression of human potentiality by each community member.
In a 1998 statement on the essence of the Sufficiency Economics model, King Bhumibol said: "Sufficiency is moderation. If one is moderate in one's desires, one will have less craving. If one has less craving, one will take less advantage of others. If all nations hold to this concept, without being extreme or insatiable in one's desires, the world will be a happier place". All activities and undertakings of the corporation shall be in harmony with these words.
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