I feel that the experience has been empowering for the teachers, and educational for myself, and has certainly built a sense of comradery.
But in October, Kru Pui moved back to her home town after two decades of dilligent service to her school, and other options had to be sought. I had the idea for monthly meetings early on, but they were dependant on everyone's schedules coming together, and most importantly the schedule of Kru Gun, Kru Pui's replacement. While we did manage to have one meeting in September, at that time the school of Moungchum was up to it's eyes in extra projects and Kru Gun therefore understandably requested we start in the new school term.
The meetings began, as promised in May,and have continued regularly. Kru Gun, speaking the local dialect, easily hears out the concerns of her fellow teachers, and coming from within the culture is also easily able to think of solutions for problems such as lack of books or reading material. I try listen carefully, and take notes, and always thank the teachers for their hard work and for attending the meeting. I am grateful to see them open up when they are together in meetings like this, because I realize that they are getting to say what they want and need to say about improving their schools and the educations their students have access to, which otherwise they might not mention without similar concerns from their fellows.
I have no doubt that these meetings will help to improve the efficiency of Blood Foundation's Moonlight schools and also help determine in what direction Blood Foundation leads in the future, because it is meetings like these that bring to light the needs of the community.