Half as Naïve
6 June 2003
So school started.
And it really wasn’t that bad. It
started for the teachers on Monday, and on Tuesday the learners were in their
uniforms and almost ready to start classes.
By Wednesday things began in earnest and, despite my dread, I soon
remembered that I do actually enjoy teaching.
Plus, the learners were sobered by their exam scores, refreshed from the
holiday, and happy to be in school instead of working in the field or pounding mahangu. I am entering this
trimester at least half as naïve as last time, so I feel that while they are
ready to be better students, I am also prepared to be a better teacher for them.
Zac and I have a few projects we’re also going to
be working on this trimester. The
main one is that Zac’s dad is going to be bringing some of his university
students here in January to make a documentary about HIV/AIDS in rural Namibia,
and he’s coming in July to start laying the groundwork.
So that means we’ve got to start laying some groundwork….
In relation to this project, I am also hoping to start an HIV/AIDS
peer-education club at the school, but I need to work with a counterpart in
order to ensure sustainability, so I’ve got to get a feel for what the other
teachers think about it first. It’s
a tricky issue around here. And
finally, our most exciting project is Zac’s idea of starting a movie club here
at Ekulo in order to improve the kids’ English as well as awareness of worldly
things (and have a little fun while we’re at it).
The learners are pretty excited about it and we’ve gotten the go-ahead
from the principal, so all we need now are some movies!
Love always, Sera and Zac