Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, barred three leaders of a peacemaking group known as “the Elders” from entering his country to assess its situation. The three are a former American president, Jimmy Carter; a former secretary-general of the UN, Kofi Annan; and the Mozambican wife of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel. (from The Economist, Nov 27 2008)
Amidst the current panic over the financial crisis here in Europe and in the U.S., it's easy to forget that people in Zimbabwe have been suffering much worse for a far longer time. A cholera outbreak has claimed hundreds of lives; Patson Mpofu, the Deputy Headmaster of Matopo Primary School has lost 2 sisters.
All the more reason why I cannot give up on this project, even though I feel very discouraged at times. It would be nice to hear a few encouraging words from any readers of this blog!
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.