A mother called this morning to say that despite all her attempts, her 3 year old son had refused to take off his new uniform, shoes and back-pack since we handed them out to him and 30 other children on Wednesday morning at the nursery school deep in the jungle. He resolutely refused to be parted from his newly acquired possessions and she was only able to remove them, shoes and all, after he eventually fell exhausted into bed at 9pm that evening.
The jungle nursery is in a really remote part of the country and the families are especially poor. Many of the new intake had not seen “white skins” before and for some it was all a bit too much to begin with. But they still managed to perform their dances for us before receiving their new uniforms which they immediately put on before their proud parents.