In Thailand, they have a hell of a lot better excuses than paper-eating dogs. Today at Thai Samakee, my fifth grade did not show up at 2 because they were out with this man, learning to make brooms out of bamboo. I knew well in advance they would not be coming. I was working with my second graders, making name tags with their nicknames (yes, with these guys I only see once a week, that is where I am).
These boys were in charge of the fire. They had a long sharp awl they heated and used to drill/burn holes through a section of bamboo in the handle. It wasn't an all male thing however. I saw girls working the fire later in the afternoon.
These girls were doing a separate sort of stripping of these leaves, the purpose of which I only discovered later. Note the size of the knife at her feet. At some points there was a teacher present, but often she left to tend to other business. Here is a video of the wizened soul teaching broommaking.