Today was our first day teaching in Acholi, and an early start to the day. We drove to the Acholi Quarters to where we were going to teach. We split into our two smaller teams – the church team and the school team.
Alice: With the school team in the morning slot, we were teaching addition and subtraction. We started off with basic addition and subtraction, and then moved on to more complex sums with two and three digits. I found this hard because of the language barrier and sometimes it was quite difficult for some of the children to understand straight away.
At break-time, we used the ‘toilet’ there, which is a long drop toilet. I found them horrible and it upsets me that the people in the Acholi quarters have to use them every day. After break, we did some jigsaws with the children and then we went outside with the church team onto the grass and the children played ‘duck duck goose’. During the game Miss Barnes did the most spectacular fall of any of the team who had to run, but she had no lasting injuries.
Jade: the church group had a hectic morning due to having a change of room last minute, and the wrong children to start with. That caused us to have a bit of a panic at first as they were more able than we expected, but things all got sorted out and we pulled through in the end. We adapted our lessons so that some of us took small groups outside, and that gave us more space and allowed us to give the children better attention. We are happy to have impacted the children in good ways, and the most important thing was all the children left with massive smiles on their faces.