I asked to observe a 1.5 hour English lesson that the talented artist was running at CEAL. In addition to having a jealousy-inducing artist talent, the young man studied for a year in Yangon under the tuition of an American native speaker and speaks impressively good English with a noticeable American twang.
At CEAL (Center for Education, Art and Literature), the students and I met a Cambodian man who is the Peace Partnerships Program Officer for the Amercian Friends Service Committee. The AFSC is based in Philadelphia and is part of the Quaker organization.
I arrived at the Sittwe airport where I was met by the two grinning faces of the students whom I had taught in Yangon during October. This put me at immediate ease after trying to talk to the 11 teachers in Thandwe who looked mostly bored and at best a little confused by me.
For my last evening in Kyuak Phyu we had something of a feast with the business man and his family at the hotel in which we stayed.
I got up at 5 am and met the daughter of the village vet who is also on the village development committee. We are already partnered with the village and they have two NEH laptops and a tablet for use in the village.
At the monastic school where I trained my eleven delightful ladies, there are over 800 children. The monastery must rely on donations in order to keep paying teachers and feeding the children.
At 5 am I was very grateful to be up and awake after a hot night’s sleep.
Today we went to see the temporary school building that Arakkha Foundation has erected on the patch of land that it now owns.
Today we flew from Yangon to Kyauk Phyu airport.
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