During our 3 month stay at Moung Choum school we also worked with the significantly less well off Souncha school, which is primarily inhabited by the Palaung hill tribe. The obvious lack of funding for this school (despite the well attended class sizes of 30-35) and the consequential dull school daily life faced by pupils-a small field with two worn out football posts, an old torn Takor net, and a couple of flat balls offer little excitement. This coupled with the old classrooms sitting on this field, whose desks are rotten and uncomfortable, the teachers blackboards dirty and as old as the walls they perch on, show the school to promise little personal or academic development.
After a couple of months teaching here we decided we needed to do something for these children, who seem all too often left out of trips and fun activities that bless the children at neighboring MoungChoum.
We raised the issue with Ben and Jildou at the Blood Foundation who came up with the idea of an English camp. This would offer fun sporting and language activities in MoungChoums luscious grounds, and although only a stop gap solution to the greater problems of SounCha school this would reach out to the children and people of the local Paulung community and engage them in some enjoyable English learning.