Happy Teachers’ Day

Today, Kazakhstan celebrated National Teachers’ Day. Part of the educational initiatives here is to bring respect to the profession of teaching. Today was a day of total respect for teachers. We were greeted at the doors of the school by students cheering for us and handing us candy. Music was playing.  Then the students “gave us the day off” by teaching the classes.  Yes, my coteachers left students in the room to teach so they wouldn’t be embarrassed or anxious about performing in front of the teachers. (We were within earshot.) There are small presents of candy bars and such throughout the day. The students put on a concert for the teachers. It was fabulous.  Such talent. We got to leave school early to get ready for the big formal gala tonight at a local banquet hall. All day students wished teachers a Happy Teachers’ Day during the day and thanked us for what we do for them. I was almost brought to tears more than once by the words of students today. What a giant step in bringing respect to the profession. And the teachers here earn that respect every day.

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Happy Teachers’ Day

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Concert photos

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Skit, “What Teachers Do After Classes” It was in Russian, but I still understood most of it. Very funny!

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Self with English teachers, Sam and Makhabat

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Mikael and me. He is an engineer that teaches model building.  He totally rocks!

Will try to post pictures after the party tonight.  Peace and love to you all.

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