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, January 19, 2009

a little good news

For the English Teachers' Association of Switzerland event in Chur this past weekend, I prepared a short presentation of the project which included pictures and even a recording of children singing! I had a wonderful time preparing the show and the response was overwhelming! So many people came up to me afterwards to tell me how much they enjoyed it and asking how they can get more involved.

There are many ways to help out. For example, if you are a teacher, you could create a lesson about the problems in Zimbabwe and get your pupils to write letters to the children there. The address is:

Matopo Primary School
P. Bag T 5391
Bulawayo
Zimbabwe

You could also collect school materials and send them to the school--pencils, pens, drawing materials and so on are very welcome. So far the shipments we have made have all arrived intact, although it can take up to six weeks.

You could also collect money for the project--let me know if you would like to do this--I can help with advice about that.

If you are a primary school teacher, I would be delighted to get some ideas from you about your favourite lessons which don't need any materials or infrastructure, stories, games and so on. These can be sent to the school and are very much appreciated!

Thank you all so much for your kind words and support. We collected over Sfr. 3,000.-- for the project in Chur! That's a record!

I'd love to hear from you
best wishes
Cindy

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Despair

As things drag on and nothing good seems to happen to bring a glimmer of hope, it's all too easy to feel like giving up!
However there are a few people who regularly read this blog, and some of them even leave nice messages--thank you all for that.
You have doubtless read and heard the news about Zimbabwe recently--cholera, which Mugabe denies even exists, desperate people clogging the borders as they try to obtain a few meager bags of corn meal, stalemate on the so-called agreement between the ruling party and the opposition--the list goes on and on.
In Europe and the US people are understandably focussed on our own economic woes. At the risk of seeming moralistic, our problems are nothing compared to those of the teachers and kids at Matopo Primary School--indeed, everyone in Zimbabwe has to suffer hunger, disease and dangers that we cannot even begin to comprehend.
Please, spare a thought for those who are undeservably much worse off than we are.
School term should have started, but I am sure that most schools in Zimbabwe won't open. Matopo Primary School is one of the lucky ones--as long as they continue to get our support.

best wishes
cindy