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Last day in Rajkot

… And what a day it was! I really have to start with the night before, when our host teacher and her husband took us out for dinner. We went out in the countryside to a 400 year old castle that has been converted to a hotel /restaurant complex. Here’s the door to it.

As impressive as the location was, the real pleasure was the evening spent together. After a full day’s work, Mala and Bijay drove at least 45 minutes each way from home to hotel to castle and back. It would have been practical for Lisa and me to take a rickshaw and meet them at their house, but their standards for hospitality are too high for that.

After spending much of the last week with Mala and Lisa and enjoying a couple of meals with Bijay, I feel as if we are really getting to know each other. The conversation goes to family more often, and to personal experience as opposed to generic customs. What a privelege it has been to spend this time with them!

As for today, I woke up early and wrote some notes to people who have hosted me in various ways. Arriving at school at 7:00, I again got to experience the beautiful opening ceremony (complete with oms). Mala and Lisa and I then drove out to the countryside to visit a small school for very poor children that has been adopted by R. S. Kinsagara school. The children there wear the RSK uniforms and their teachers are paid through the RSK budget. Here’s the faculty and the headmistress.

 

The children ranged from 4 years old to 7th grade. This is a school where attendance is excellent and behavior impeccable; parents and children know that it’s an opportunity not to be squandered. The headmistress teaches the smallest class, and those children sat quietly in the room with the housekeeper the whole timne she was touring us around. I’m not sure what to make of four year olds who can sit still that long, but I felt terrible about being responsible for them having to do it!

Here they are waiting for their teacher to return.

And who could resist these faces?!

We returned to the main campus by late morning, where I led a creative writing lesson, had some brief meetings with administrators, and presented “the American way of homework” to Mala’s IB class. It was a whirlwind day, but very satisfying. I hope to return someday.

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  1. Jordan Adair
    July 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    So, do you think these students have a greater appreciation for the educational opportunities they’re getting than students in the States? Are they more well-mannered? And does this result in better learning and more attentive students? I will be very interested to hear your take on the two systems of education when you return!

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