Today I told Chris and Israel to help Anna ride her bike. They went across the street and after I finished entering data I went and checked on them. It turned into a bike circus with other kids joining and we were throwing an old ping-pong type ball too. It was a lot of fun. Then Israel asked me what time it was and I said 2. I asked why. They told me the results of his exams were being announced today. A lot of kids were walking to the school so we put the bikes back and we all walked over to the school chanting "Allez Israel!" (Go Israel!) I did not know what to expect but soon realized that this was more than just a posting of the scores.
After waiting a bit, the headmaster and one of the teachers read the scores. There were several classes and Israel's was last as they are the oldest. For them passing is really a big deal because next is "college" or middle school. They announced the kids scores for each class and everyone got really excited. The moms went crazy for the kids and most of the kids were either really happy or they cried out of happiness. One of the kids from my neighborhood was totally overwhelmed as you can see in this video. After a while he came up to me to shake my hand and he was so happy to see me. I felt so good for him and all of the kids.
Israel was really nervous when the names for his were being called. At one point he was praying. It was really a lot of fun to be there. When his name was called Veronique went crazy and I shouted too. Israel was so happy. Everyone is really proud of him and it is a great event for me to see. I can't tell you how much the kids and their parents value their kids going to school.
John Doces. Je vous écris de la Côte-d'Ivoire en Afrique.