Today has been an interesting day of learning, although of course we are constantly learning new things here in Uganda
In line with routine, we had breakfast at 7.15 – a lovely combination of fruit, cereals, bread and spreads were laid out for us. At 8.15 we left for the Acholi Quarters, preparing for a brand new day of teaching.
With the older group in the morning, we focussed the lessons on multiplication and division, and sentences with different word types. However, the younger group struggle more so we focussed on engaging with the children in a refresher of addition and subtraction, and smaller words.
Our planned activities today included ‘Simon Says’, ‘Chinese Whispers’ and lots of music – the children thoroughly enjoy any kind of musical activities. We finished off the younger lesson with ‘sleeping lions’ in a bid to calm down the children that had become rather hyper.
After the session, we met the ladies of the Acholi Quarters to make beads from paper – this is harder than it may sound. Whilst some of us got the hang of it quite quickly (not Joel), the women were making at least five beads for every one that we could make ourselves.
Due to the extremely low pay from working in the quarry (25p per day), the women make jewellery from these beads which they can then sell. In one hour, the ladies can make enough beads to produce £1-worth of jewellery, when they manage to sell it.
This next paragraph is dedicated to Sharon, as it is about the weather! In fact there is so much to tell about the weather today!! Whilst making beads, the sweltering weather rapidly took a turn for the worse, and the corrugated roof above us was battered by torrential rainfall. After a short while, it cleared and is currently just neutral, but of course still very warm.
We are now settling down for the night and adapting our lesson plans in light of how the lessons went today.
We would like to thank everybody who is taking time out of their day to read and comment on the blog. A special thank you is in order for John and Sophie, our Ugandan hosts, and an extra thank you to Sophie who as well as overseeing the cooking of all our delicious meals, is also revising for university exams which are this week. Both John and Sophie, and the ladies who help in the house are taking good care of us, and we are extremely grateful for their hospitality.
How is everything at home? We hope everything is going well.
PS Patience has been doing homework, so hasn’t had a chance to destroy Joel today!