How Teachers Got Involved In African Schools
A group of teachers at the Riverside school in Prague decided they wanted to become involved in working with African students, not merely for themselves but to assist their own pupils in getting engaged in issues of social concern. The teachers googled “Tanzania school,” and found a church in America that was working with a village. They emailed, “We’re a bunch of teachers from Prague. Can we come help?” They were invited in the summer of 2007 to work in the village teaching children English.
In the process of working with children in the school, the teachers learned first hand about life in the village and even wound up learning how to grind corn. They discovered teachers in the school were lucky to have a single book which was copied each day on the blackboard. Prague teachers learned young children were walking miles to simply get to a school.
Upon returning to Prague, teachers shared their experiences with their own students and asked them for suggestions as to how the village could be aided. There were many class discussions concerning how best could students in Prague aid one village in Africa and the conclusion was to help build wells for the villagers. Students in their classes organized fund raising activities in order to raise money to build at least one new well.
This is just one small example of how teachers can get involved in issues of social activism and have their own pupils assume responsibility for assisting people in other parts of the world. It all began with a google and a simple offer, “We’re a bunch of teachers from Prague. Can we come help?”
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