The new school year begins with children appearing in the dugu (sunken floor) of the school with their parents in tow. There is a quiet discussion with all as to the commitment and requirements and then a check with Datu Nestor to see if he will accept the people from new families of other villages.
This year, we have children from three new villages. They are much shyer and older than the other children, but they must have heard the stories and decided it is worth a try. We have about 130 kids this year and 32 of them are staying in the dormitory at this point. The problem is again the dining room table, it is not long enough, but no one really worries.