With time, I've been further impressed by the team's keen sense of humour and their willingness to wholeheartedly embrace new experiences and opportunities. Yesterday, after a busy schedule at the school's fiesta-like Foundation Day, they agreed that their library was overcrowded with old, yellow books and immediately set about rectifying the problem. This was no small task! In the heat of the afternoon sun, they carried loads of dust laden, termite ridden books, sorted and stacked them and then, cleaned and replenished shelves. And although, this was not originally part of their expected agenda they tackled the task with considerable enthusiasm and fun.
Each time there has been a suggestion of ways to improve pedagogy, they've been prepared to listen and 'have a go' at introducing new strategies. When shown how to implement new classroom learning tasks they take a keen, 'hands on' approach and listen patiently to instruction in their second language.
These teachers, like the majority of teachers I know, work very hard. They recognise the challenges specific to their community and strive to help their students overcome these challenges and reach their potential. Their sense of fun extends to lots of good natured ribbing and an ability to laugh at oneself. And perhaps, because resources are limited, genuine sharing is evident.
Today the teachers presented a dance to the song, 'Wobble, wobble' by Rafee, practising in their own time for the benefit and entertainment of the community. As I watched them on stage I was struck by the thought that this performance was worthy of applause as much for the team unity and sheer joy they exuded, as for the entertainment provided. Photographs were plentiful, as was the affirmation by children and parents who recognise their teachers as their community heroes.