Yesterday was arriving and straight into meetings. Today was a look around the schools. The project we’re involved with is for schools in very poor areas but I was actually quite impressed with their facilities. Of course they are very basic, very hot, no windows and quite cramped for the number of students, but it wasn’t like Thailand where we can have land mines outside the school, armed police doing the lessons or even like Japan where children have to huddle with gloves and scarves in winter.
As it is the school holidays a couple of the classrooms had been painted. It’s amazing what a lick of paint can do, transforming a dull dark concrete grey into a lovely bright classroom, and the sunshine helps keep the atmosphere happy and bright.
The rest of the day was involved with more meetings and preparations for the workshops.