In the spring in 2012, I went to Surya Bharti School as a Japanese language teaching volunteer.
My name is Asabe, teach Japanese language in Hiroshima. I wanted to go to Surya Bharti School as a volunteer to teach Japanese language someday, and the dream came true finally.
I appreciate all people who took care of me for two weeks. I had lots of fantastic experiences there, so I would like to share them a little.
In the next day of arriving Bodhgaya, it was sunday and the school was closed, and I visited students' houses with Yuki and principal.
It was a village that there were houses made of mud and huge fields. Children were playing actively without shoes outside, beside them cows were streching themself out. A male senior citizen was cutting grass by wheel shaped scythe to make foods for cows.
A doctor was going around the village by bicycle. An elder sister was taking care of her younger brother. A woman was bringing water putting a vase on her head. I felt comfortable with the scenes as if those never belonged fixed time and places.
And girls invited us into their houses happily, and gave us hot chai filled with fresh milk and snacks.
A student brought me to a room where she keeps her textbooks, and showed me the books delightly. Seeing their happiness of learning and their pride to study at the school, I felt gratitute to the Lord.
Many other children live in the villages gathered friendly and they came after us. Every family welcomed us warmly, and there were Alter displayed there, and smiled with L sign saying El Cantare.
The students from the village came to the school by walking for 2 hours (4 hours to and from school) before having a bus.
Happy Science helpled to buy a used bus for them, the students come by the bus and it made them concentrate into study to save their time.
Next day, I went to the school first time. All the students gathered in the ground for morning assebly of prayers. Their prayers were sirious.
The children looked at me sometimes fron distance, but after the assembly, they were saying "Namaste!" to me walking to own class.
My first Japanese class was class 1( they were so cute). Showing picture cards brought from Japan, the students in class 1 pronounced very loudly.
When I went to a toilet in the corner of the school in a break, girls students gathered around me and asked many questions.
"Name? family? age?" "Sing a song!" "Show us your dance!" (age? song? dance? What should I do? (langhing)) I can't dance so I asked them "Let's show me your dance", then, they looked shy, but they showed me dance happilily holding skarts with big smiles. They are very bright and obedient children.
After school, we had a special Japanese class for some students who are very good at Japanese. Their level was high, and they were so sirious to listen to my words. Their eyes were shining. Some students among them were very active to ask many questions. I thought all the students like to study indeed.
One sad thig happened. A girl student was forced to quit the school because of her marriage few days before her graduation from the school. Girls and boys study together in same class, but there are discrimination about female still now in Indian society, and girls can not say her words. I hope the time will come soon that women can say their own opinion as a human in society.
There was Holi festival while I was there.
It is a festival of celebrating spring in India, people put colors and water each other to anybody.
We had a fun time of few hours becoming children, putting colors and water toghter with teachers and students although they were always polite.
And best and last memory was that we had a one year memorial celebration of Master's visit. (A camel also attended!)
Children expressed their deep gratitude to the Lord, and showed amazing Indian traditional dance. I think that the children who make a new El Cantare civilization will become angels of light to fly to the world with also practicing Indian culture.
I wish that all the children can take education, grow their parsonality, and walk on their road of life toward angels of light, I will be happy to support a little to realize it.
I appreciate the Lord given me lots of precious experiences, and also Yuki, principal, and everyone had accepted me there happily. I am looking forward to seeing the cute children again. Namaste!
Japanese volunteer teacher, nono
In Japanese class, sleep! Laugh! Get up! And run!
I spent about 2 months as a volunteer teacher of Japanese language at Surya Bharti School. Students were very energetic and class room was excited very much. They tried to speak Japanese using new words taught on the day everyday. And not only Japanese class, but also we enjoyed dance together. Suddenly, Master Okawa’s visit was decided, we had started practice of Awa dance with lower class students everyday. The music started, all starts dancing. They like dance very much. We enjoyed the practice, mixing Awa dance and Indian dance, it was so cute!
After school, I visited students homes in village with Yuki Inoue. Student’s house is made of bricks and mud without any electricity. I found the poster of “Prayer to the Lord” in every house we visited. I moved by hearing that not only students but also their family pray together.
A student told me happily, “I always studay at night like this” and lighting lump with matches. Their attitude was very beautiful for me because they try their best now in the situation which is very different from Japan’s.
The students are all gentle and pure. I can see their future that they are working on Happy Science missionary work together with us as leaders. Their future is very bright!
Nono chan was belonged to photo club. All the photos on this page taken by her are lively!
Students know greetings in Japanese.
Untill now, I taught them Greetings, words related in school, family, counting, names of colors, week, month, date etc..
They are learning how to write Haragana. Some enthusiastic students already remember Hiragana.
In last academic session, we had Japanese class for each class twice or thrice a month, it was not fixed the date.
This academic session (started in April 2009), we have 2 periods of Japanese per a week for each class.
<photo> class 4 students. In last session this class leaned only greetings. In April, they started to study Japanese more frequentry. He wrote his name in Katakana of Japanese.
<poto> The teacher writing Japanese is an Indian. I have to go to Delhi, Half of a month. While I 've been in Delhi, Indian teachers teach Japanese. First, I give teachers a training of Japanese, so that they can remember. Indian teachers are trying but proper pronouncation is very difficult, so they use Audio CD for students.
There was no school in a village. A few children went to a school by walking long way. Hundreds or more children were playing and working. Of course they could not read and write. They are very poor and their family can only afford to eat.
We established a school (without tuition fee) in the village.
More than 500 children have got education in our school since 2001.
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