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Défiler (Monday, 2011 February 14)

February 16th, 2011

Défiler means to march. Not to be confused with marcher, which means to walk. And the youth day festivities ended with a march at the "stade municipal", which is a soccer field at one of the secondary schools here. Every school in the area showed up — and there are a lot. Apparently a country-wide policy has been implemented to the tune that the smallest administrative unit is no longer a district, but an arrondisement, so my village is now an arrondisement. No practical changes, as far as I can tell.

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"Let’s work for the future of the nation!"

Anyhow, lots of schools. We started with the smallest and worked our way up. There are even a couple of école maternelle, pre-school sorts of dealies, here, and their kids were the cutest.

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The woman in the pink dress is Madame Dorothé, and these are her students.

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The little pumpkins didn’t really "get" the idea of a march, and one or two of them just sort of wandered off to do its own thing. This is their teacher, herding him or her back.

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The majorettes at my school. None of us know what the ring-y things are. They’re not hula hoops.

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I think this is a private school. They’re pretty gung-ho about informatique, apparently. Look at them carrying around their keyboards and scanners and flat-panel screens! I’m pretty sure these are teachers and not students.

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This is the phys ed teacher at my lycée. Love the pink shirt.

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