Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?"
The King will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me." .......Matthew 25
Monday, November 2, 2009
O Ta Saeng revisited
We have followed up at O Ta Saeng through the donation of a swing and see-saw playground set. Unfortunately the construction was not up to standard and we have left instructions for the contractor to redo the installation. But it is a good start and the kids are clearly delighted with the playground.
We are also putting in place a plan to incentivize the students through the provision of annual prizes for the top 5 students in each class. Unfortunately we didn't go quite prepared this trip so we had to make do by awarding a stuffed toy to the best student in each class. We will prepare a series of gifts/awards for next year, but the presentation this year was nonetheless a good opportunity to make a point to the students that they should strive to do well.
But the school still suffers from a lack of teachers. The government could only provide one teacher. One was drawn from the community and another from the local high school. Currently despite having a maximum capacity of 6 sessions, the school only holds 4 classes - Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4.