The Matopo Primary School Teacher-to-Teacher project is documented here. It is kindly being supported by ETAS (English Teachers Association Switzerland) and the Roger Federer Foundation.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Great news! The English Teachers' Association of Switzerland will be supporting Matopo Primary School in 2008!

I will also of course be running the second Teachers Workshop Day--to everyone's delight (including mine)!

If any readers of this blog would like to help us out in this endeavour, please let me know.

cheers for now,

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Hello everybody! Thank you so much for your interest in this blog and in the Matopo Primary School project.
Things are set to get even worse in Zimbabwe. But the good news is that our Teachers' Workshop Day on October 5 at Matopo Primary School was an enormous success. I can't begin to describe how moving it was for me, the workshop faciliatator, to see so many bright, eager faces on that day. So many people went to great efforts to make the day a day to remember. It was thanks to the enthusiasm and motivation of the participants that it all worked! I am working on getting the photographs ready and will post some here shortly.

Best of all for me was that my concept of the day's activities was pretty close to the mark. Naturally one always sees afterwards what could have been done a little better! But for the most part, everyone was right with me all the way. The teachers especially liked activities and games which were very interactive (and active!), standing up and moving around the room and talking with the other participants. The energy in the room was electric! Even with no power lines ;-)

Please keep writing and giving us your moral support--it really means a lot to us. I intend to repeat the Teachers' Workshop again next year, so donations in currency are also clearly more than welcome.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Welcome back!

I just wanted to blow the welcome horn for Cindy, who is back from some intensive teacher training in Matopo.
Welcome back!
We can't wait to hear about your time there :-)