Monday, December 17, 2012

Quote of the Day:  “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ― Margaret Mead 

Today is graduation day for Karen's school, Elihu Na Uhuru (education is freedom).  Fifteen students have finished six months of English training and are fairly proficient at it.  They can speak, write, sing, and read in English.  Over the years, Karen's graduates have all been at the top of their classes on the National English Exams.  We have another fifteen waiting in the wings for school to start again in January.  Every year at graduation, several parents will plead with Karen to continue teaching their children which is very gratifying, but there are too many who need to learn English not to do two sessions a year.  In order to go from primary to secondary school you have to pass a test in English.  You have to do it again to go from secondary to university, so English is critical for continued education.  Karen, or Mama Africa as all the kids call her, also teaches teachers from the Bunda Teacher's College her new, fast way of teaching English that she learned while teaching Hispanic children back in Arkansas.  The kids love her, and John and I are very, very proud of her.  Today, she was especially emotional because of the tragedy in Connecticut.  At least these kids will have a chance to grow up and help transform their society.  God bless every teacher who loves their children.

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