Monday, June 10, 2013

Quote of the Day: “Instruction does much, but encouragement everything." ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We have two schools that meet every day here on the mission grounds.  The one in the morning is a pre-school that has 35 students most under six years of age and most orphans.  The one in the afternoon has about 20 students around ten years of age learning how to speak and read English.  In the schools here, caning (beating a child with a stick) is a common and everyday occurrence.  The students have learning beaten into them and yet they love learning so much, they endure it.  We teach here without using sticks or angry words, just love and encouragement.  The picture of the kids on the right is from the pre-school, and you can see how happy they are.  It is a real treat to hear the children singing and chanting their lessons from early in the morning to late in the afternoon.  The kids run to class and even run to the bathrooms so they won't miss much.  The classes don't start until nine in the morning, but there are always about fifteen kids here as early as eight, waiting at the gate.  The parents (about half have parents) always want us to keep their children for two years or more.  We have to explain that we have to make room for more kids every year, but they still always ask if their kids can stay an extra year.  Karen has done a great job of teaching the teachers how love and encouragement yield far greater benefits than fear of being beaten.  Local teachers don't understand how Karen's teachers do so well.  Karen just doesn't allow anyone to teach here who doesn't love the children first and teach second.  These kids are blessed--and they know it.
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