The 2012-2013 school year has come to an end at Wat Mano Primary School. Since September we have taught English to 26 young novice monks and 1 lay student “Mr. Johnny”. The students began the year with no prior English language knowledge but have as much eagerness to learn as we see in all of our other temple schools. These students are aged 10 to 14 years old and come from several temples throughout Luang Prabang.
This past year the students were lucky enough to have two renovated classrooms thanks to a former GVI construction volunteer. Shiny new whiteboards, enough textbooks to go around, 8 computers along with educational activities, brand new desks and benches make for happy teaching volunteers and happy students. On Mondays the students work on English based computer activities supervised by our Lao staff Mr. Sipheng. Mondays through Fridays, Mr. Sipheng, Molly, a GVI staff member and 4 volunteers teach English in the new classrooms.
The last day at Wat Mano was activity day so the novices practiced prepositions such as “in, on and under” with a wooden train set donated by a former volunteer. The novices and Lao teacher went wild over their first time playing with a train set. After the activities were finished Molly thanked the students for their hard work while the volunteers handed out soy milks to everyone. Special jelly drinks were given to the students who had completed their homework and attended class every day. We are very proud of our young novices at Wat Mano Primary School and we are already looking forward to returning to teach after the summer holiday.
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