Hello, my name is Filiz and since March 2011 I am working in the Nittur Primary School. Right after the beginning of my year, the school celebrated the School Day.
Yet the two weeks before the whole school practiced singing and dancing. All children were excited and very motivated to present the school in a good light! Also the other German volunteer Melanie and me had to practice our speeches..
26th of March 2011: School Day!
My host sister helped me to put on my first Saree in the morning. Wow, what a procedure to put 5 meters of material around the body! Then I went to school. We were sitting on stage as guests of honor next to very important and famous persons and then we had to hold our speeches. Melanie did in Canada – and for that she really has got my whole respect After a long time of giving presents to everyone and speeches, the morning program finished.
At home: one Saree out, another on. Flower in the hair, Bindi on the forehead, earrings not to forget, necklaces and..uff, did i forget anything? oh yes, bangles !!! – yes, yes, yes, veeery important for Indian children! 😉 When I arrived at school directly a child told me that I forgot the bangles on the feet 😉
It was a paradise for me! The whole school was decorated with many colors, Indian music was played loudly, all children were running around with glittered and colorful costumes and the program was filled with all dances and songs. Wonderful! Also Melanie and me were enjoying the lively atmosphere … up to one moment… one teacher was coming to tell us that we were the next. WHAT??? Yes, we had really to sing “My heart will go on” without practice before. After 3 minutes we found ourselves on stage and started to sing 😀 ..And suddenly they played an absolutely other melody in the background! Horrible! After 2 minutes we gave up – but well, the children were happy! 😀
It was really on one hand a funny experience but I also have to say that I was very surprised of myself. I never would have sang a song in front of 500 people without practicing it before, in Germany. But here I just did it. Well it was not perfect, but we did it and we were proud of ourselves. Now I know, that I am able to do things like that and that it is so unimportant to give so much of your own energy in such banal situations. It was really a great day!
Ah, and two weeks after the School Day we were in the TV. 😉
I am very excited what the year will bring and teach me!