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Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Indeed, etymologically, education means “guided out of”. It allows us to develop our interpersonal and professional skills and find our place in this world. It promotes professional opportunities, teaches values and morals. Thus, children who have access to education are armed to be part of a society and to exploit their intellectual, moral and physical faculties.

Dear teachers, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for passing us down your knowledge and skills…”. On November 20th of 2019, like every year at Village Chance, we celebrate Teacher’s Day. This celebration happens to thank teachers for transmitting their knowledge and values, providing education and being pedagogical and for their patience with the student.

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The Village Chance’s school welcomes the neighborhood’s unfortunate kids from an early age. It gives the keys to know-how, softs-skills and knowledge in different fields. During their schooling, the teachers follow them individually, until the final exams in grade 5, just before they take flight… They will be able to take better decisions about their future on their own, have an analytical mind, express themselves, have acquired a certain maturity and an education.

The teacher’s day is the occasion to express gratitude, show all the respect and thank all the teaching staff. Thus, this ceremony takes place at Village Chance school. It welcomes every student, teacher, the head teacher and all the administration staff.

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At this occasion, children from the kindergarten to the 5th grade expressed themselves through different songs and choreographies, poems and rhymes. A fanfare composed by kids from another school played a lot of music, just after the traditional Vietnamese drums’ performers. The children’s representative made a speech to thank the professors.

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Three students were congratulated for their attendance at work. Then, the Take Wing Center’s Director, the school Director and teachers spoke. This event has shown the beautiful complicity between the students and the teachers of Village Chance, their mutual respect and heartfelt thanks.

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Text: Eléonore

And in Dak Nong…

Maison Chance celebrates the Teacher’s Day on the 20/11 with the children

Today is November 20, but the atmosphere to welcome Vietnamese teachers has been bustling at the center of Maison Chance in Dak Sor commune, Krong No district, Dak Nong province since the afternoon of November 17. Like many other schools, the central school delegation also plans to hold a sports or arts competition to celebrate this special day. However, here are a few interesting differences.

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The school has only 5 classes from grades 1 to 5 and three specialized classes. Most students are in especially difficult circumstances, orphans, mentally and physically disabled. The children were taken to the center by Tim to attend literacy classes and daily nurturing care under the roof of the Social Center. Here they learn and have fun like any other normal childThey study in an advanced educational environment, helping them to develop physically and mentally. They no longer follow their grandparents and parents to the upland fields, harvesting the corn and vegetables. Instead, they are now learning to read and write, taking English, IT, and arts courses. Although the life of the children still might be hard in the future because they will have to strive, at least they have had now a beautiful childhood like many other children. The hours of reading in the sunshine, the rehearsals of the music sounding like the songs of the birds make everyone remember their childhood. Their smiles reverberated and their eyes became clearer as they entered at Maison Chance.The teachers are locals who have love to be given to the children. In the specialized classes, teaching is more difficult because they are mentally unstable, and therefore, cannot pay attention to the lessons for several minutes. For this reason, the teachers in these classes are extremely patient and responsible. To celebrate this day, the children try have an exemplary behavior, study well, participate in music and cheer on sports. The children play around and treat the teachers like their mothers. They offer gifts like wildflowers or a simple handmade gift. The teachers here will never be disappointed because their students being very obedient and polite is the most beautiful gift that they could wish every day.Like every year, the center always organizes sports competitions to honor and thank the teachers who have devoted their heart to education. With the desire to enhance the organizational awareness, solidarity and mutual understanding between individuals and departments and create a joyful atmosphere for 20/11, the Center has organized badminton competitions, swimming and tug of war for all members of Maison Chance.

Following the format of the random draw, matches were scheduled on November 17, 2019. Attractive prizes included 6 first prizes for 4 sports, 1 second prize, 1 third prize and 1 consolation prize. Right from the opening day at 14:30 on November 17, many teachers and staff at the center registered to participate. The center also proposed employees to swim in the pool, in order to practice, before the official race on November 18. On the 19th, the Open Badminton Tournament competition between men and women and badminton singles began and was extremely close; many spectators cheered for their favorite team. On the 20th, the most expected competition took place, 4 departments divided into 4 teams for the tug of war. It was an exciting and thrilling competition. They were well matched for the game, so it was difficult to predict which team was going to be victorious. After an hour of competition, the training + medical department won. The prize of the first badminton tournament for men and women was won by the teacher’s team. The first prize in men’s swimming went to Mr. Kien of the social department. As for women swimmers, the first prize was won by Tam of the education department.

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This year, November 20 was a sunny and windy day, a day filled with love and gratitude for the teachers at the Maison Chance. There are 365 days in a year but only one, November 20 for students to show their love towards teachers, and the remaining 364 days are the days where they try hard to prove their love. It is the greatest and most meaningful gift. November the 20th ended in an exciting, joyful and festive atmosphere. It was an unforgettable day for teachers, staff and students. Wishing the teachers at the center to be always happy, healthy and to keep their noble career up. Always guide the children with this quotation “Let your energy live like a succulent sprouting in the sun and wind and live as the fragrant flowers for life”.

Translation: Dan Thomas