Have you ever watched the Korean film “The Crucible”? The film is about the impact school education and teacher quality has on children’s physical and psychological development. This trip made me really understand the true meaning of the film. Being able to see for myself and truly understand the power of education is the biggest takeaway for me. It is also what our IWitness journey is all about.
Most children are very shy when they meet strangers for the first time, not to mention the first foreigners they’ve ever met in their lives…they must be very scared. That’s why we tried to communicate with them with body language, exaggerated gestures and cheerful voices. They did slowly start to reward us with smiles! When we saw their smiles, we really feltit was worth all the tiredness and efforts.
Save the Children has been working with the IKEA Foundation for many years, and we visited schools they helped build in this village. In these schools, we saw how different types of financial support improved the condition of the classrooms. Before the schools were built, parents took children to work when they were still very little. It was impossible for them to understand the meaning of education. But now, with help and training from Save the Children, parents have started to care about children’s education. Some of them even donated part of their income for children to have a better time at school. This is what touched me the most!