Sunday, July 30, 2017

Entering summer vacation

Yesterday was the last day of the school year, and the class of refugees where I have been teaching German this past year received their documentation that they completed the course. It's not really a diploma or report card, but a piece of paper that shows what they did with themselves this past year. We still don't know whether the Senegalese amongst them will be allowed to start the apprenticeship/education that all of this was a preparation for, but our little celebration on Friday was nice and cheerful. Except for the moments when I started to cry during the little speech I had prepared.

The class,
with four teachers. I am the one in the very middle...

I had practised the paragraph which I thought would be the most likely one to make me cry several times, and I got through that one alright. But another one a bit later, which I had not read out loud so often then caught me... But I guess that's ok after all that emotional upheaval throughout the year. The good news for me was that there will be another class starting in September, so I will be teaching again. It just hasn't really hit home yet, I find it hard to rejoice on my good luck when I don't know for the students of this year. But neither of them had understood when I said I might not agree to teach again next year if they did not get their permit, they all said I should teach and not bother about them.

This morning I have dropped of my son at his first basketball camp during this vacation, and then continued to a small apartment south of Bamberg where I will relax and bide my time before I pick him up again on Thursday. No sewing with me, only a book, a bit of knitting and Spanish vocabulary, and my bike. I plan to sleep a lot, bike a lot, read, relax...


  1. Have a good rest! I am glad you have teaching again. The two may not get a permit, but there are plenty of others who still need your help.

  2. Sandy - it's seven people who are still waiting for notification, not only one or two. I could probably have taken it easier, if indeed it had only been one or two. But a third of the entire class is too many. For me, it is a sign that the officials aren't taking this school project seriously. If they did, they would make an effort to make the project a success, and that means every single one of the students who is considered suitable for the course should be allowed to take it. Why let them go through the year of schooling - which cost a lot of money, too! - and then not admit them to the program that this preparatory class is leading up to? Not understandable...