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.

Friday, November 28, 2008

The children of Matopo are not alone

Last summer Cindy and I started a collecting materials for the school of Matopo. It was a call to people who care. In particular my private English class of 5 4th and 5th graders decided that they wanted to make a difference (see post Collecting for Matopo)

In the meanwhile Cindy has been there to give teacher training and to bring the materials that were collected over the summer. On the side you will see the most recent slideshow of this trip.

Well, you can imagine the surprise when they received a packet full of letters of thanks from the pupils of Matopo Primary School and a letter from the Headmaster. They are now undertaking the task of preparing to inform the children of their school, who donated so many things, and to write an article about what they did and the results they see. In addition, they will write back to the children.

I see this as an example of hope and will do my best to keep up the connection between the two schools.

I have blogged about it on their class blog as well: Swiss Primary English

Cindy, you are not alone. Readers of this humble blog, please leave a short comment to show your support for this noble woman and the children and teachers of Matopo.

6 comments:

Amy Jost said...

Cindy, on behalf of ETAS, thank you so much for your dedication and commitment to Matopo. We are all lucky to have you as a friend. Carry on the good work,
Amy Jost, President of ETAS

Illya, thank you for bringing this story to cyber space. All the best,
Amy Jost

Ketrin Murihiah said...

Amazing work, both of you! Cindy, as someone with African origin (my father is Kenyan), I'm really truly thankful for the courageous work you're doing. Thx for making a difference! Do not give up and also continue letting us know of what you've been doing, so we can again pass this onto the institutions and classes we are teaching: I'm sure more and more people and schools will donate. I'll do my best again to motivate my adult classes to react.
Ketrin

Wendy said...

I've just read this blog ... I'm also a teacher trainer of English ... I've trained in Cameroon not in Zimbabwe ... what wonderful teachers you met and what a fabulous experieince you shared with them ... they are not alone, many of us would like to help them

Eric Baber said...

Thanks for building bridges Cindy - the world needs them.

Eric

Mrs McC said...

I have enjoyed looking at your blog. It's great beingable to see how others around the world live and work. Here in Scotland we have just set up our own Primary school blog so we're pretty new to this game. Perhap yu would like to have a look around and leave us a comment.
http://tarradaleblog.edublogs.org/
Many thanks
Mrs McC P5

elizabeth ulrich said...

Hi Cindy
It takes a lot of courage to do what you did. Thank you for stepping out to make a positive difference. It's an honor to know you.
Elizabeth Ulrich