While driving through a mountainous town in Anouvong district, we spotted two little girls playing on shoes made of coconut shells. Something about this picture seemed very familiar. We slowed our car and watched how the children were playing with the coconut shoes. They were walking and scrambling around, playfully enjoying their makeshift fruity footwear. The two little girls, Fon and Own, were soon the centre of attention. Other children also began to join in and asked them if they too could try the coconut shoes. We were so compelled by this sight we probed a little further and began to speak to the children. A female volunteer colleague from UNICEF’s Youth Radio programme and I walked towards them and suddenly one of the girls shouted out: “Oh! This is the lady that showed us the video yesterday at school on ‘Have fun with coconut’!” After this we realised that these girls must be among the children at a rural school Ban Phou Hua sang where we screened ECD TV the previous day.
Ms Mai Yor Lee, a Director of Children Cultural Center also said that: “More than 500 school and pre-school children were rushing to watch the ECD TV. Since we do not have space for everyone, we asked them to take turn watching ECD TV in a classroom.” Considering that, she will include ECD TV as one of the activities of the Children Cultural Centre of Saysomboun province.
Story and Photo by Tabongphet Phouthavong, UNICEF Communication Specialist.