Things were finally looking positive for school opening when last week's tragic accident threw the country into grief. Everyone is still in a state of shock.
However, it does seem now that Matopo will finally open its doors this coming Monday, nearly a month later than they hoped. News from Patson Mpofu paints a depressing picture of uncertainty and frustration, but as always he remains as determined as ever to stay the course and not let the children down.
There are a few rays of hope--ETAS is continuing with the project for this year, and I and my husband Peter are starting to plan our next trip to Zimbabwe. If all goes well, we will hold the third Teachers' Workshop Day on October 5th. It is already being eagerly anticipated by the Matopo teachers and those from the surrounding schools who took part last year!
Sandy Paul has also organized a Pony Club for some lucky Matopo children. Their first session will be next Monday. They are all looking forward to learning how to ride, care for the horses and have some fun at the same time. I'm so glad I can also support this endeavour by helping Sandy out with the costs for feeding and caring for her herd of 14 rescued horses.
If you're an ETAS member, watch for my article which will shortly be appearing in the Spring Journal.
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.