A local correspondent cannot play truant on the morning of the first day of school, that would be a heavy professional fault. For this village, the traditional "first day at school" photograph was essential, as next year, the pupils will have a new school, pure concrete. Bye to "multiple levels classrooms", toilets in the courtyard, squeaky boardfloors. I learnt how to read and write in this school. I wheeled and dealed to have my niece sit in the front-row, when everyone sat dutifully for the photograph. That photograph you will not see. Nobody saw it, for that matter, since there wasn't enough space to publish it, with all these schools starting in all these villages. As we say, it was "sucré" ( sweetened).