Dear friends thank you for reading another one of our blog posts, after this we will have only one more from India.
Over the past few weeks we’ve all had the opportunity to go along with one of the teachers from school to the slum where lots of the children live. Three afternoons a week this teacher (Nazreen) goes into the slum and runs an additional work class for any children that want a place to be able to do additional work, get help or have something to do for the afternoon! She also teaches a group of the children’s parents sewing so we got to watch in on this and chat to some of the mums with our Bengali! We were able to help the kids with work 1 on 1 which was a stark contrast to what we are used to in class! We were all really encouraged because the children we spent time with were really eager to learn and we saw them learn new things in the short time we were there – not something we regularly experience in the classroom because it’s a bit chaotic and they are all very easily distracted! It was however eye opening to walk through the slums and see the conditions that our kids live in – it’s basically situated on a rubbish dump. Despite this, the children were so joyful, smiling and dancing through their slum which was also incredible to see!
We were very lucky to be able to visit two hostels, one for boys and the other for girls, with a group of English people visiting from their church. The hostels are both run by the same people who also run the school we teach at in the mornings, GNCEM. After a long journey there, perhaps just over an hour, we were pleased to arrive and after a brief tour went to their assembly. After some songs and stories performed by the English group, we were delighted to watch the girls in the first hostel do some dancing and then receive some gifts from the English group afterwards. After a while playing with balloons, they had just received we then left and travelled onto the boy’s hostel. Again, we were entertained with some dancing and they then received gifts as well. In both hostels we were very excited to see some of the children who used to go to the school we teach at in the mornings, meaning they had moved on to a higher level of education, all the children were so happy at both hostels.