These days, students at Nhân Ái School for Children with Disabilities in the southern Vietnamese province of Tiền Giang have practiced singing the national anthem with hand gestures in preparation for an important flag salutation ceremony next week.
The song will be performed during the school’s flag salutation ceremony on August 31 to mark two big occasions, including Việt Nam’s 70th National Day (September 2) and the opening of the 2015-16 academic year.
Teaching hearing-impaired students to learn by heart the national anthem’s lyrics and make correct hand gestures is a difficult, strenuous task as sometimes even able-bodied people still sing the song wrongly.
But this does not deter the teachers from exerting a lot of effort to instruct their students.
Besides teaching them the gestures, the teachers also explain the meaning of each word of the lyrics, which is believed to help students understand the national anthem easier.
Children are also taught how to hang the flag correctly, the meaning of a flag salutation ceremony, and the formalities during the salutation, according to Nguyễn Thị Sương, principal of the school.
The teacher listened to the national anthem and sang it with her hand gestures and the student who led the ceremony looked at her and imitated her gestures, while the rest followed him and did the same thing
A series of hand gestures that mean “Learn to sing the national anthem”
Source: Tuổi Trẻ News