Teachers unions in America would rise up in rebellion over any one of threalities of a teacher's life here. We work with four teachers each and the profile of these eight typifies a CCF teacher's day.
Every teacher teaches at least 2 sessions a day, some of them 3 sessions, this schedule 6 days a week, 12 months a year. There are 3 weeks of vacation each year.
The first session begins at 8 AM until 11 AM. There's a break until 2 PM then another sessions begins from 2 - 5 PM. The third session of the day begins at 5:30 PM and continues until 8 PM. There's a different group of students in each session therefore 3 sets of lesson plans. All of this for the whopping salary of $300 - $350 a month.
If a teacher is not teaching the evening class he/she goes to the university to continue their own studies. Almost all of them will tell you that their goal is to be a "very good teacher." When they have time for a personal life is a good question. Most are married with families.
Supplies are extremely limited. Teachers provide the paper that they use to make copies of materials for their students. Students are given a small notebook and pen which they guard carefully. Colored pencils, erasers, tape, markers and anything else the teacher might need are on them.
The teacher work room is small and crowded. There are several computers which teachers use vigorously to research activities for their students. There's one copier which doesn't always work.
Teachers meet regularly and share ideas. They are enthusiastic, energetic, joyful