Encouragement Society Newspaper
Written by Ho Ngoc Khanh - 10/9/2000
"The time my grandfather teach"
is the person who like Vietnamese film very much. Some times he
watches a film two or three times, film “River-side village” is
an example. That day when we were watching the film for the third
time, he turned into me to say: “please listen to what teacher
in the film was talking”.
episode passed, he asked and I answered:
- The teacher
asked the monitor: why didn’t you know that there is one pupil
absent for some days? And she blamed the monitor: I could not
really understand you!
- Does it
mean that the teacher herself did not understand why her pupil
did not go to school?
- Yes, grandfather.
his head and sighed:
- It would
not happen like that when I taught.
time my grandfather was a teacher? It is when he was 20 years
old. He voluntarily went to teach in mountainous areas. In the
village of HMong ethnic group, he had to build school with
local people. Particularly, he persuaded and organized children
to go to school. He was happy as if he got dropped property when
one child went to school. If there was one pupil absent, he was
worried, climbed mountain and crossed stream to come his house
to ask the reason. He would find solution if there was any difficulty.
He would explain if parents did not understand benefit of study.
He spent his salary to buy maize and rice to help pupils if his
family was poor to afford meal.
my grandfather was a teacher, there were four teacher at Man Mon
school of Bac Ha district, Lao Cai provice were devoted to their
pupils, they came to visit pupils’ families though it was in remote
and isolated areas. Even they met wolves and tigers on the road
but they were not afraid.
my grandfather taught, there is teacher Trinh Ngoc Trinh - war
invalid man breaking one arm - spent all his monthly salary to
help pupils in the small village of Son La province for months.
Once, there is heavy flood, Teacher Trinh grappled with big waves
to bring each pupil across the stream to school.
my grandfather was a teacher, teachers knew well about situation
of each pupil, and were whole-hearted for their pupils.
he asked me:
- Or does
school become a market? Does teacher become a letter seller like
in the market and does not know who is the buyer? If yes, we have
become ancient and backward people.