school is a privilege


Here is another update on the schools.  We visited a total of six schools in three days.  At each school, we taught primary and secondary school students, know as ” learners”.  Part of our curriculum was to explain the daily life of students in the US with pictures and maps.  The learners were very inquisitive and asked many thoughtful questions.  They asked how long it took for us to arrive at the school and how much it cost.  The answers to these questions – over 20 hours and over 14,000 RAND per person was very hard for these children to understand.

Sibekezele Secondary School learners with Tammie

Sibekezele Secondary School learners with Tammie

The daily life for these children includes walking anywhere from 2 to 10 kilometers to school five days a week which can take up to 1 1/2 – 2 hours each way.  As we visited the schools, we can see that there is still a definite need for classrooms.    For example, the Sibekezele School was still teaching Mathematics outside under a tree with a chalkboard. 

Sibekezele math class under a tree

Sibekezele math class under a tree

I was struck by the amazing spirit of the children.  Every child was so proud to be receiving an education.  Also, they were very excited to perform for us – dancing and singing.  The children performed traditional songs   – their voices were so inspirational and beautiful. They were very excited that we came to visit.  For these children, school is a privilege that they take seriously. 
Sibekezele learners with Bob

Sibekezele learners with Bob

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by michelle on August 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

    What an amazing story and beautiful pictures. I especially love Bob with the students in the classroom. He told me that he helped teach a class and now I have proof! Thank you for sharing your wonderful experiences. Have fun and stay safe.
    Michelle Tansey

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  2. Posted by Nancy and Joe on August 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    What an inspiring story. You’re in our hearts and prayers. Stay well. We look forward to seeing you and hearing of your experiences. God bless.

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  3. Posted by Zamantusie Masango on September 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Im very greatful as JEVU SECONDARY SCHOOL learner, that the Africa classroom connection built classroom for us.We had few classrooms,in a way that we ‘ve to squeeze ourselve together when it raining cause the roof is leaking.WE REALY ZESTED BEING WITH THEM.IM GREATFUL THANK YOU.

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