This past week, we celebrated the last day of the spring 2012 session with a trip to a local amusement park. This trip was a reward for those children who had high attendance – meaning that they only missed a few classes over the session. Field trips are one of the many ways we try to incentivize attendance in our non-formal education programs. We traveled to Beita, a village near Nablus, and enjoyed spending time with our children outside of the classroom.
The children couldn’t hide their smiles when they saw the park, the games, and the train. They couldn’t wait to start trying all of those games. For many of these children, this was the first time that they had ever been to an amusement park. The people who worked there were also very kind and welcoming; they offered us a great area to gather and helped us to organize children for each game.
Unfortunately, it was our last day with the children for the session. I feel very sad that I won’t get to see most of them anymore. However, I am grateful for the opportunity to spend a beautiful morning with them in a wonderful place full of plants , trees, and mountains.
Ala Aburrub is one of TYO’s Core Program teachers; she teaches 4-8 year olds.