By Anne de Boer
The new week started with saying goodbye at the school I've been teaching at for my first 2 weeks. Last week I had my last teaching a bit unexpected, so on Monday I went back to be able to end this great experience in a good way!
The school is a very small Shan school (about 25 students), located in the middle of the farm lands the families are working and living on. So this was my first school to teach at, just after arriving in Fang, and I can't imagine a better welcome. The teachers were happy to have me there, the children were motivated (and very huggable!) and it was the perfect place to get to know more about the culture and the different aspects of trying to give these children an education.
A short example: families would move a lot, so it is quite normal that children come and go and maybe come back again to the school. The differences between how much the children know are very big and the progress, at least in English, is very small.
Still, the teachers are really supportive and patient towards the kids and the children are willing to learn, so there is definitely hope!!
So I went there and I said something to the children and gave them the things I brought for the school, just some balls and a net so they could make a playing field and they were sooo happy.
Then they totally surprised my by giving me a card the teachers wrote, to thank me.. That was great, very sweet of them!
We played for awhile, just enjoying.. It was a special special afternoon!
Blood Foundation had a French film team over the last few days and they went with me to the school, just for their own experience and I'm glad that they met the great people of this little school. What they were actually doing here is making a film about westerners looking for their own ways in spirituality. They were interested in for example the Monk, Sufi & Muslim "for a month" programs. They interviewed Ben and the two guests form the Fang Valley program.
Unfortunately for them, they missed our visit to the Cave temple yesterday! Yes, a temple in a cave, surrounded by a beautiful landscape! Chris (guest/volunteer) and David (volunteer) are staying there for 4 nights and the spectacular opening was the shaving of Chris' head!!
The pictures tell the story..