We love Bibi Uji (Porridge Lady)

We love Bibi Uji (Porridge Lady)

Doesn’t matter where you went to school, everyone remembers the break time bell and the half hour before it rings, when your stomach is rumbling and minutes seem like hours. Some of our students come to school not having had breakfast, so I can only imagine what...
Making ABCs fun with Jolly Phonics

Making ABCs fun with Jolly Phonics

What’s so jolly about phonics?  A lot.  Where was jolly phonics when I was in Nursery.  One of our past teachers introduced Jolly phonics to the students approximately two years ago.  For those of you who have not heard of Jolly phonics, it is a multi-sensory...
What are the real alternatives to caning?

What are the real alternatives to caning?

  [Human Rights Watch believes there are alternatives to caning and corporal punishment such as guidance and counselling or extra homework and light chores.  “The problem in Kenya is that the teachers only have 4-5 hours on classroom discipline or classroom...

10 Excuses for being late to school, Rural edition

10 Excuses for being late to school.  Village version When you live in a village and your school is not more than ten to fifteen minutes walk away, excuses for lateness are pretty limited.  The usual, “teacher the bus was late” or “there was a lot of traffic” and...

The village

We are back after a long hiatus. The sun is shining, the sea is a beautiful turquoise blue and the sand is brilliantly white, just another day in Matemwe. A new volunteer, fresh faced students, eager teachers, hardworking staff and we are good to go, but I’d like to...

First graders on the computers (Tamani, Zanzibar)

The first graders are getting really good on the computers! None of them had hardly seen or used a computer before, and just since the beginning of February they have picked it up really quickly. They play games where they should pick the right colour, chose the right...