292nd day in Mer'awy / 340th day in Ethiopia 28 / 09 / 2003EC
土曜日のキャラバンがなくなったので，どうしようかと思いましたが，後輩隊員の赴任先の小学校でエキシビションがあるというので，見学して，あわよくば実験を披露しようと行ってきました。 We, JOCV science & math teachers in Amhara region, were considering what we would do on Saturday because science caravan was gone out. W heard an exhibition was held at the primary school to which one JOCV belonged, so we was going out go there, observe it and conduct science experiments if we had a chance.
※エキシビション：エチオピアの学校で教育局や部外者に学校の施設などを披露するイベント。理科では生徒に仕込んで実験などをみせたりすることが多い。 *exhibition: an event that school held and show officers of education bureau or outsiders their facilities. It is popular that science department teaches students and let them show science experiments.
9時に教育局の方々が来るというので，それより少し前に4人で学校へ。 We heard officers of education bureau would come to school at 9 o'clock, so we, 4 JOCV, went there just before 9.
後輩隊員と実験を披露する生徒，そして後輩隊員の同僚の先生などが実験室の準備に余念がない。 A JOCV who worked there, students who would show science experiments and colleagues already came and did final check for exhibition.
窓が割れたりしているが，なかなかきれいな実験室で，生徒が課題で作ったという実験器具などもしっかりとした質感があって好感が持てる。 The lab was quite clean even though some glass were broken down. I felt nice that some experimental tools made by students were kept good quality.
うちの学校でもやれそうなものもあってちょっと鼻息が荒い。 I found some hints for my house, so I was a bit excited.
またアムハラ語の注釈などは私には大変参考になった。 I was also glad to check Amharic comments.
せてエキシビションだが，9時になっても教育局の人は来ない。まぁこれは想定済み。時間通りに来るなんてこっちも期待しちゃいない。 Back to Exhibition. No one came from education bureau at 9 o'clock, which was supposed. We didn't expect they came at appointed time.
のんびり待ってると学校職員が羊を3匹林の方に連れて行く。どうやら今日は先生方のお疲れパーティのようだ。 We found some staff took three sheep to woods when we were waiting. It might be held a party for teachers.
なおもおしゃべりしながら待つ待つ・・・。 We were still waiting and waiting with chatting.
終了予定時刻の10時になっても来ないじゃないか。 No one came at 10 o'clock which was appointed end time.
何人かは朝飯も食いっぱぐれていたし，どこかに飯でも食いにいこうかという流れに。 Some JOCVs didn't take a breakfast and we decided to go out to eat.
後輩が校長に許可をもらいにいくと，教育局の人が来ていた。もう5分ほど待ってくれと言われ待機。 The JOCV who worked there found some officers of education bureau came when he went a director to have permission to go out. The director asked him to wait in 5 min.
結局30分待っても来ず。 後輩は同僚の先生と相談し帰ることに。 They finally didn't come. The JOCV who worked there talked to his colleague and decided to go back.
教育局の人はいったい何しに来たのだろうか。 エキシビションのためではないのか。 What did the officers of education bureau want to do though they came school. Wasn't is for observing exhibition?
待たせた生徒に悪いな。 なんとエキシビションのドタキャンはこれで4度目だそうだ。 そのたびに生徒を呼び，待たせた上で結局帰らせている。 子供たちはあまり気にしていないようだが，怒ってもいいと思うけどな。 We were sorry for students who waited for long time. It was fourth time to have last-minute cancellation of exhibition. Every time teachers asked students to come, wait and go back with nothing. Students seemed not to have mind but they could get angry.
いろいろ突発事項などで予定が変わるのは仕方がない。 しかし約束したからには，遅れた理由，無理になった理由を言うのが筋なはずだが，一度もそんなことは聞いたことがないという。 It can't be helped that a plan will be changed depend on the situation. I think that it is logical that people should say why they are late or they cannot. He said he hadn't heard any excuse from the officers or the director.
エチオピアはこれから中進国になることを目指しているらしいが，こんな状況ではそう簡単ではないと認識して欲しいんだが。 Ethiopian government wants to be a semi developed country. I think it is not easy if this situation is not changed.