- They never complain to adults that they're bored.
- They respect their parents and people older than them.
- They take responsibility.
- They don't have a lot of toys.
- Only adults have cellphones - even teenagers don't have them. And they just use them basically as phones, not really for games or for texting.
- They don't have a lot of extra-curricular activities.
- They really enjoy school and work hard.
teenage boys at La Casa Grande on vacation - keeping up their studies together
- They like to sing and dance.
- They don't have to be asked twice to do something, they just do it -- even praying out loud or doing chores.
- They don't have a playground at their school.
- The adults are more strict and sometimes kids get hit if they're misbehaving.
- They don't have adults patrolling them all the time at recess.
- The children and teenagers know how to make meals. They serve meals to guests first before eating.
Bonaventure's family (2 of the kids are gone to university)
- In Ganvié, children learned to swim, fish, and drive their own boat when they were about 6 years old. And they don't wear life jackets!
Saturday, 22 June 2013
Zoe writes: children in Benin
These are some things I noticed about children in Benin. Not every child is like this, but this is what I saw in a lot of the children there.
Posted by Rebecca at 12:22