Friday, August 1, 2014

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” ― Maria Montessori

Shaban really surprised us yesterday.  He did the translating for the four-day Montessori teaching seminar which ended yesterday.  He got just as excited about the possibilities for education in Tanzania as we are.  Karen came in exhausted about three o’clock in the afternoon and said she was pretty much done.  I expected the people to be leaving yesterday afternoon as we had paid them for their transportation costs.  To my surprise and Karen’s, Shaban had picked up where Karen left off at three and taught all by himself until 8:30 P.M. last night.  They were all singing, laughing, and thrilled with their new knowledge and the possibilities in front of them.  Nine of them had to stay the night and left early this morning.  Karen sometimes calls me her cheerleader, but now says she has two: me and Shaban.  Shaban has one son, Hemedi, about six years old and another from a previous marriage that is twelve.  That other son, Hashim, will be coming to live with him this fall and will be going to school here in Bunda.  Shaban will be teaching them both with the Montessori method at his home in the evenings.  I don’t know what better measure of the success of the seminar than to have the translator become the teacher and then carry what he learned to his home for his own kids.  There are still things to do and materials to be transported to the schools, but everyone was and is so proud to be entrusted with these new tools to give children here a better start than they ever would have had under the current school system.  You never know what will happen when you do what God has called you to do.  You do it, even if it is hard and exhausting because that’s what your job is.  What happens after is in the hands of God.  No better place to be, I think.  When the rock hits the pond, the ripples move in all directions until you can see them no more.  The ripples are God’s responsibility, throwing the rock in the pond is ours.
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