After an early breakfast at a teacher’s house, we went to the 7 am meeting where the villagers were sitting under the trees near the monastery.
The Arakkha Foundation coordinator started by introducing me and explained why I came here, and what NEH is doing. A local asked if I could stay for the whole year to teach Grade 10 English. Although I could not promise them that, they were happy to have me. One teacher said he would be a fool if he did not learn teacher training and English when he had the chance. I was most astonished by some of the government school teachers whom were energetic to learn and improve their teaching skills. For me, this is really rare to see in rural regions, even in the towns in Rakhine State.
During the meeting, I learned that the village is centrally located for this region so students from other villages could easily join our training and English classes. One local suggested having an English class for students who just finished the matriculation exam. Meanwhile, the women did not ask or say anything, which is culturally common here in rural regions. The head of the village then delivered a speech, thanking NEH and Arakkha Foundation for helping them have this precious opportunity.
Despite being poor, the locals are very friendly and willing to collaborate with us to create a better learning environment for their children. I am excited and can't wait to start training.
NEH Local Teacher Trainee
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