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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Joining Forces!

At the last minute I was asked to help in one of the Science lessons as Mr. Ali the teacher was struggling as to how he could approach the subject- The reproduction system. Teaching this to a class of 12-14 year olds is a task for anyone and Science has never been my strong point. I walked into the classroom feeling incredibly anxious about how the next hour would unfold. As luck would have it Mr. Ali is one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Watching how the students respond to him is amazing. He was able to not only keep the students happy and amused, but get the facts across too.

-Children at Mkwiro Primary-

The way he explained changes through puberty was one of the most amusing things I have seen in my time here- acting out how teenagers behave when they know they are turning into adults! He was able to make a very tricky subject easy to enjoy and understand. All of the students were active in the class regardless of how embarrassed they felt and it was a joy to watch. I am not sure how much help I was, but was more than happy to be there as support to an amazing teacher who knows his subject and students and feel I learned just as much as the students!
Although Mkwiro Primary school has its challenges and definitely needs support as there are not enough teachers, they are incredibly lucky as the teachers that do work there are amazing and all want the very best for their students.

Taking part in lessons like that make me want to get more involved as unlike some places the students are so eager to learn more, they just need to be approached in the right way. Thankfully they are getting used to my face being around and I am hoping to be able to help make a difference in their education. If I can be even half as good as Mr. Ali when I teach I will be very happy indeed!

Jo, Community Intern