Human beings initially existed and only developed owing to a group of Farmers and then Craftsmen. When both groups’ production excessed their demands, a group of Traders showed up, who helped people exchange surplus goods, and improved their families’ quality of life.

Later on, the Farmer group evolved into the Agriculture Sector. The Craftsman and the Trader group were also witnessed to become the Industry and Service Sector respectively.

Our children have been living in the city, however, they no longer see the basic operation of the world since they are surrounded mainly by the Service Sector.

It is not a well-prepared educational environment for the children in the future.

Such situation leads to a state of bewilderment and limits the children’s choices when they have to decide what careers to pursuit for a lifetime. As a result, a great number of students later become the individuals who do not love the work they spend 5 days a week in their precious lives to do.

Therefore, Maya desires to offer the children the opportunity to observe the basic, primitive functioning of the Earth, by living nearby those who are highly professional. The farmers are planting; the carpenters are splitting wood; the potters are kneading; the tailors are cutting cloths; the managers are calculating; and the artists are drawing paintings out of their sensitive souls; etc.

Accordingly, the children can see the love of the land and the sun of the farmers, and their joy in harvesting the crops; the carpenter’s love of wood and their joy in placing an extra bench for pedestrians resting quietly under the shade of a roadside tree, etc. The children could then choose a suitable job they really belong to, which is to produce useful things for themselves and the world, or to help the producers exchange goods with others, etc.

They can truly live a happy and meaningful life with love and joy.

Every afternoon in Maya village:

  • Maya elementary schoolers could freely join any workshops they are passionate about to learn desired professional skills.
  • Maya secondary schoolers would divide themselves into certain workshops that they are interested in, together with the workshop managers (with basic skills learnt from the elementary school), to put themselves to work in order to be self-sufficient in cultivation, handicraft and arts products to serve the needs of the school. Surplus products are properly planned for sale, the income of which would goes to the school’s annual and charitable activities.
  • (and in the future, if Maya High School are built, high schoolers will be the managers in charge of exchanging goods produced by the Craftsmen and Farmer group of Secondary students).

M.O HANDICRAFT WORKSHOP

This is the place where the children and the artisans would roll up their sleeves and produce most of the handicrafts for daily activities of the school, such as dishes, cups, jars, aprons, tablecloths, pillow covers, curtains, scarves, candles for events decoration, dolls, notebooks.

 

M.O Handicraft Workshop includes the following areas of:

– Making pottery, where the students are accustomed to electric furnaces, ceramic machines, turntables, and a full range of other ceramic tools;

– Sewing, knitting, embroidery;

– Making candles and small decorative items;

– Making books, binding books; etc.

 

Workshop Manager: Ms. Dang Thu Trang

Master of Arts in Design, University of Industrial Fine Arts, 2011

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design, University of Industrial Fine Arts, 2009

Montessori International Teacher Level 3-6, certified by AMS and MACTE

MIRA CARPENTRY WORKSHOP

This is a place where the children would learn a vocational skill with an Industrial and Automation Design specialist along with skilled Thach That carpenters.

Together with the workshop manager, they could actually produce wooden objects used in studying at school, or repair the school’s broken furniture such as tables and chairs, shelves, wooden toys.

During this process, they could also learn about automation, and develop their own applied creative thinking.

 

Mira Carpentry Workshop consists of several sections as follows

– Doing woodwork: Cutting, chiseling, nailing, etc. to create wooden objects;

– Discovering, learning, and researching on science;

– Making lovely toys;

 

Workshop Manager: Mr. Kieu Quoc Cong

Major in Design, University of Industrial Fine Arts, 2007

Industrial Design Expert

LEA ART WORKSHOP

This is the place where the students would learn about visual arts with a real artist who has been devoting to her creative career. Thus, they could deeply understand the 7 basic elements of visual arts, namely form, line, shape, color, texture, space, value, and truly create masterpieces out of their beautiful souls.

LEA Art Workshop is here to help the students acquire basic knowledge and skills of visual arts, so they could create art in the following aspects:

– Painting;

– Design;

– Installation;

– Sculpture, etc.;

Workshop Manager: Dao Thu Thuy

– Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Vietnam Fine Arts University

– Bachelor of Design in Animation, Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema, 2016.

LA MAY FARM

This is where the students could learn to make products from all herbs grown on La May Farm, such as:

– Essential oil;

– Tea varieties;

– Shower gel, shampoo, and handwash;

– Herbs for steaming and soaking, etc.;

The products the students make would be used in their daily lives at school.

TO CHIM FARM

To Chim Farm in Thach That is run by the local farmers who live around Maya Village and under the guidance of a Maya agricultural engineer with a view to:

– Teaching students how to plant trees in a natural way;

– Doing reforestation at Maya Village;

– Partially providing food and drinking water for the school;

– Planting herbs and providing materials for La May Herb Workshop;

All students and teachers would assist the farmers in the planting or harvesting seasons.

Any children who are passionate about agriculture could return every afternoon to look after the trees, to observe how the plants and other living creatures relying on each other, or how they grow up.