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.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
It's amazing how far just a couple of kids and an idea can go!
After a mere 3 weeks my 5 private students had collected quite a pile of materials to go to Matopo Primary School, and in the meanwhile learned about politics, geography and corruption.
They went to each class in their school and presented the idea of collecting the materials that lay at home, unused, or used no longer , to send to other children who really need them.
These same kids now know where Zimbabwe is and can find it on the map at the drop of a hat.
They have also learned that there are people running countries who don't always have the people's interests at heart--a hard lesson, but an important one.
They have learned that there are children who don't have the same lifestyle as they do, nor the material wealth. And they have learned to care about that.
Maybe the difference they are making is small, but if only a few young lives are helped, that is already something!