We were blown away today by our Burmese students. Focusing again on discussion, decision making and sharing opinions we played some simple debating games. Although initially hestiant and unfamiliar with voicing their own opinion they astounded us by their passionate, thoughtful responses to controversial statments relevent to their lives. For example:
CHILDREN SHOULD LEAVE SCHOOL AT 15 TO GET A JOB
- our families are poor; we should leave school at 15 so we can get money for food
- it's more important to eat than be in school
- if we don't get a good education we cannot get a good job and our families will always be hungry
- a good education will last your whole life
- you should go to college or university because we are the future generation
Piognant and moving stuff. Many statements were debated and they served to highlight the realities of life for Burmese migriant children. Throughout the week there have been many times where we have been aware of this, not least today when we were asked How many orphans are at your school? There are over 500 at CDC school.