Hi everyone, welcome to my blog! I am a UK volunteer with voluntary service overseas and I'll be living in Rwanda in a small town called Nzige. Nzige is in Rwamagana district to the east of the country towards Tanzania.I'll be going out to Rwanda as an education volunteer to work on UNICEF's child friendly schools campaign. by teaching in a teacher training college and setting up a resource centre.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
This past week has been interesting for work. I’ve been
trying to show Julius some of our child centred learning so he has been in
observing our lessons. He made a couple of videos of our singing which I will put
on here one day when I have good internet access. Also, we had a visit from a
local group scholaire school. A group of about 8 teachers and their principal
came to see the resource centre and make some resources. My, I have never seen
such a hardworking bunch! They worked for about 2 hours in teams to make more
than 10 rice sack pictures.It was
lovely to see such motivation and it reminded me that people here do actually
want this stuff. They were all very proud of their rice sacks at the end.
Finally, we had a meeting in Kigali with principals,
tutors and volunteers from all of the teacher training colleges to discuss the
sustainability of our project. Unfortunately it looks like the funding may well
run out in the near future, so we discussed how Rwandans themselves can take
our work forward. It was a really good meeting and I at least have the feeling
that the will is there for it to continue. Our Rwandan colleagues were keen to
speak up in the meeting and had some brilliant ideas of how we could make our
work sustainable for when the money runs out. Because our course is now part of
the official TTC curriculum it is examinable in the national exams, which means
that motivation is high to find a way to continue this work.
It was so good to have all of this positive momentum
towards the end of my placement because after putting so much time and energy
into getting something started at the TTC I feel glad that it will be safe for
the immediate future at least. We also had a get together with just the TTC vols after the meeting because it will be our last chance before me, Lindsey and Joan go back to our respective homes. It was all a bit sad because we are all very close as a team.
Me and Andrew, a colleague of mine, expalin our resources in the resource centre
Principals, tutors and vso volunteers work together to discuss the sustainability of the TRC project