As shared by Louise

Mohamed was one of my students in the Book Club. Twice a week, after their regular school day, 16 students from CM2 (10 or 11 year olds) would gather round me on the floor of their classroom and listen as I read aloud the stories that I brought from Canada. At first all the students were very shy and didn’t quite know what to make of me. After all, as far as I could tell, none had been exposed to story books before. After some time, they became comfortable enough to answer my questions and discuss the story. Mohamed was keen right from the outset. He listened intently and I could just see in his eyes the thirst for learning, discovery and thinking. After each session one student would borrow the book to take home as long as they agreed to come back with a short written book report that they would read to the class. It was a hit and I was so proud to hear their reports – and they were pretty proud too - although somewhat self conscious. La piece de resistance was the day of our big show, where we had all those that had prepared book reports present their work on stage. What a memorable time it was for me. And I believe for each and every one of them too. And then, 17 months later, I received this beautiful short email from the father of Mohamed saying "thank you" and letting me know Mohamed still has the little note of encouragement I gave to him before I left.

Bonjour Louise,

je t'écris de la part de mon fils Mohamed de l'école primaire de Tchandifarou (Commune de Liboré au Niger).
Il garde encore la correspondance (lettre) en date du 3 décembre 2008 que tu lui as envoyé.Il est actuellement en classe de 6è E au C.E.S de Liboré.

Encore une fois merci


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