teaching, learning and living around the world
One room, one teacher and students shuffling in and out. The students range from toddlers to adolescents. It is a small school that Heal Africa runs so that their recovering hospital patients can learn- mostly basic French and math.
The second school I visit is run in a refugee camp just West of Goma, called Mugunga. The Mugunga School spans across two buildings, and several gardens and play areas. The school has 320 students, seven teachers and one director.
The funniest part about sitting in on a few classes was, as always, the kids. It was great to be reminded that kids really are basically the same everywhere. I sat in on a class at the hospital school and watching the teacher teach was so funny because (for the most part it was a very well- managed room) but for brief moments it was the same old shenanigans- kids picking their nose, trying to be naughty and coloring on their desks, or best of all, kids showing off their sense of humor. At one point the teacher held up a flash card with a cat on it that said “Le Chat” and a kid raised his hand and instead of reading the words he bellowed, “MEEEOOOWWWWW!” Of course the class erupted into laughter. Overall, having the opportunity to visit these schools was a fun experience.
The way kids act in a school setting… is pretty much the same world wide. Humans are so much more alike than we are different. Like my dad always says, EVERYTHING IS THE SAME EVERYWHERE!!!