The school in Chokichok didn't have enough teachers, classroom space or supplies. Community members were volunteering their time to teach due to the shortage of teachers. As many as three classes may meet in the church at one time and when it got too loud the class would search for what little shade there was to have class outside. I only saw one chalkboard eraser in the entire school and was a little upset with myself that I didn't pack any in the huge box of supplies we brought. There is no running water at the school. Children walk a couple miles to get water if they run out during the day. The government doesn't always deliver food on time for school lunches so students often chose to stay home instead of attending school.
Despite all of these set backs, and many others I didn't share, there are several parents and community leaders that are striving to provide the local children with an education. The teachers were passionate about the opportunity they had to teach and the students were eager to learn. It was fun to visit with each class.
|Singing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes with the grade 1 class|
|This girl was all smiles the entire day!|
|Saying thank you on behalf of the students|
|I'm pretty sure if we let these two spend much time together everyone would be laughing!|
|An incredibly humbling experience. I almost cried!|