Whilst the talented three female teachers prepared and cooked the soup, the two male teachers sat with Van and me facilitating conversation between us, the foreigners, and the local children. It was a lovely thing to see and be a part of. The children were slightly timid at first, but they were very curious and their teacher soon showed them by example that talking to us was nothing to be scared of.
In the afternoon, after the children had run home clutching their spoons and bowls, we went to the beach for a walk and a chat about local teaching conditions. The project co-ordinator hosts classes in her front room for 40 students at a time who need to practice for the matriculation exam which is the entrance exam for university in Myanmar. She is loved in the community and is greeted by waves and calls from the students wherever she goes!
NEH Coordinator and Teacher Trainer