On October 10, 2008 I visited Houaylao Elementary School in Pakse for the first time. This school is home to one of our book boxes library. I first went to meet the administrator of the school. The teachers and the students were busy preparing for Teacher’s Day celebration. Many in Vientiane already celebrated this special day earlier in the week on Monday, October 06, 2008.
Houaylao Elementary School is not in the best of shape. The administration building which is also where the book box is kept is more like a shack than anything else. There were previously three buildings but one was torn down because it was too dangerous to hold a class there. When it rains, no one is brave enough to sit there for fear of being crushed by the building.
There is a new building next to the old one but due to lack of funding, there are no windows or doors and no electricity.
Since I was on the way to the airport to pick up my aunt from the US I didn’t spend much time with the teachers and the students. I stayed long enough to watch the students present their small gifts to show their love and appreciations for their teachers.