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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

little victories

Although the situation in Zimbabwe is far from clear, we have achieved some little victories. The "Spend a Penny" project, which is going to rebuild the Blair toilets at Matopo Primary School, is finally getting started. Thanks to so many kind people who listened and took action, we have managed to accumulate the necessary funds to repair the toilets.
This may seem trivial to those of us who walk into a room with a clean flush toilet, spend our pennies and walk away without a thought, but for the children and teachers it is a big relief to have decent facilities to get them through the school day!
I am presently collecting ideas and materials for the next Teachers Workshop Day which will be held on October 3, 2009. Thanks to the Internet, I have made contact with some really interesting people who do similar work in developing countries, such as Bill Templer, who gave me some excellent tips on activities which don't need much in the way of resources. Bill is a member of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) and in the Global Issues SIG (Special Interest Group).
My summer "holiday" will partly be spent on preparing the activities for the next workshop. This will be fun now that I have so many good ideas!
The ETAS (English Teachers Association of Switzerland) link will always show the latest article about the project. I hope you will be interested.