Helping Childhood Development

August 7, 2015 • Cambodia
Helping Childhood Development

An elementary school teacher learns skills to teach her students

Luong Thi Phuong Lien is from the Thai ethnic minority. She grew up and still lives in one of the poorest communes of Vietnam.

When I was old enough, I attended school like other children. After finishing school, I entered Lai Chau Community College. During my three years at college, I trained to become a kindergarten teacher. Now I teach 21 Hmong ethnic minority children, ages three and four.

As a new teacher, I needed to learn a lot from my colleagues. They’re enthusiastic and willing to help me in my work and my daily life. I felt overwhelmed with the noble task of “nurturing buds” and “growing people” for the future of our nation. But I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a training workshop for kindergarten teachers conducted by Samaritan’s Purse in Vietnam.

This training taught me many things, such as how to be a good teacher who is devoted to the career and to the children. Activities during the training helped me understand my children more. I found myself gradually becoming more confident in my job. I want to be a good teacher to serve my own community with all my heart and strength.

The trainers have imparted their flame of passion to my heart. And now, I want to do the same for my children. They’re like young trees of the country’s future forest. I was happy to receive, and greatly appreciated, the love and willingness shared by the people from Samaritan’s Purse. I wish all the best for Samaritan’s Purse and hope that it will continue to go with us in the journey to build a new and better generation for my country of Vietnam.