Today was the last day of Module 4 of the STEP course. We spent the morning singing together and sharing testimonies. Now the students will go back to their respective language groups and try to put into practice the things that they have learned this past month. Their two main tasks will be to hold a workshop to train other literacy teachers and to continue writing a preschool curriculum in their own language.
The fifth and final module of STEP starts in August, just about the time when Brian and I hope to be returning from Australia with a new baby. The students are excited to meet the new little Frey, and have been debating if it will be a boy or a girl. Matthew and Jecobeth tell me that if it’s a boy, we’ll have to bring him out to the village so that they can kill a pig and celebrate, since that’s the Imbo-Ungu tradition when your firstborn is a son.
Here is one final STEP picture for you – one I took this morning of Matthew playing the ukulele. I was taking photos for the graduation booklet that will be printed for next module, because he didn’t like the one of him that they were planning on using. However, when I showed this picture to him, he insisted that I couldn’t use a smiling picture for the graduation booklet. He had me take another one with a serious, deadpan expression. (Papua New Guineans don’t smile for formal pictures.)