But this defeat did not hamper their motivation as they managed to win the two following games – and they can’t wait for the next one. This strong excitement led us to incorporate sports in their weekly timetable. We hired a Khmer professional sports teacher since the beginning of February. His job description includes doing sports with all the children (football, volleyball, running, etc) and organizing tournaments with other schools. He seems to be well-integrated at school and the children love him.
On the same line, Lucie hired two traditional dance teachers. Both are deaf and mute. She had spotted them during the weekly show they give in Siem Reap as part of the NGO Krousar Thmey (which helps educating children with handicap). She offered them to give some lessons at the primary school, which they accepted straight away. They now give 1 hour of Apsara dance lesson every week to Grade 5 and 6 students. All volunteers who want to join can, boys and girls.
These incredible teachers are particularly expressive. They effortlessly manage to go beyond their handicap and they catch the students’ attention easily. The students enjoy this new activity; they have the feeling that they are learning how to dance with their big sisters. They are preparing together a year-end show which promises to be very moving.
Finally, Gilles – volunteer at the Bayon School for the 3rd year in a row – has started to work with Marine and our pupils at the primary school. They are doing an important artistic project with bamboo and painting. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to follow the news about this project.