Nairobi Meets Maslow
Trip Start Dec 23, 2011
38Trip End Jan 28, 2012
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Unlike training courses in Australia where hosts put on lunch and morning tea, here in Africa because they are so poor, we have to provide lunch, morning tea and even a transport allowance for everybody attending as they wouldn't be able to get there otherwise.
Today was all about teaching strategies and classroom management. In the morning we had Maslow and behaviour management strategies (corporate punishment has been recently outlawed, leaving many teachers with no ideas). The afternoon saw teaching techniques such as Venn diagrams, mind maps and PMI lists get an airing.
On the school front, all the kids seem to be happy and smiling. However, Australian teachers would be in for a shock. There are about 30 students to a class (though the government recommends 50), they sit 4 to an old style school desk in a small corrugated iron room with dirt floors. Of course, there is no cooling, and the toilets are holes in the ground. Children often wear their jumpers and school bags all day to ensure they don't get stolen. No electricity, whiteboards or (gasp) computers.
After we'd finished and cleaned up, William and Grace drove us back to the lodge via a shopping centre for a drink. Going into the shopping centre they inspect each car boot, and look underneath with a mirror. Everybody is security wanded as they get to a door. Back at the lodge we did some washing, sorted ourselves out, had tea, and went straight to bed.