25/07/2018 11:12 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

English class at the Buddha’s gate

A free English class called “Happy Class” is taught at Phap Van pagoda in Hanoi by Tran Thi Huong Duyen, a Vietnamese English teacher, in order to follow the Buddha’s path by doing good deeds.
Phap Van pagoda has become a favorite rendezvous for Buddhists of all ages, from 5-year-old children to parents who also attend the free English class and play. Duyen has organized five English courses with 150 students ranging from 5-15 years old. Many parents who take their children to Duyen’s classes also get involved in the games provided by the volunteers.

The free English class is also taught by 20 volunteers, who currently are students in different universities, and there are some foreign volunteers. The friendly foreign volunteers are believed to be the “magnet” that attracts the children.

After one year, “Happy Class” has grown to 40 students of varying ages and English ability. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

Students attending “Happy Class” learn English in a very special space. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

Victor, a teacher from the United Kingdom, goes to the class every Sunday morning. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

The volunteers of “Happy Class” enthusiastically attend to the students. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

Vietnamese volunteers help students at the class. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

Students of “Happy Class” learn many interesting topics. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

The students are happy after each class.  Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

Victor, a teacher from the United Kingdom, said he found out about “Happy Class” by chance when he came to work in Vietnam. Victor said he found happiness in life whenever he went to teach the students at “Happy Class”. 

According to Duyen, the children love to be taught by Victor because they feel the love that he shares. “I am very happy to study here. I feel more confident in talking with Victor, and my classmates are helpful and friendly”, Do Thi Phuong Anh, a student of “Happy Class” said.

"This is not only an English class, but also a pure environment for the children to develop a healthy mind. We bring our children to the class and also enjoy learning together", Thu Minh, the mother of a student said.

Duyen said that “Happy Class” always welcomes students as well as foreign volunteers who love Vietnam and want to have a teaching experience at the free class.

Story: Bich Van – Photos: Viet Cuong