Kamanga is a newer school. A lot of the schools used to be old bars, buildings, or houses, but Kamanga was built from the ground up, so it is a nice facility with a great courtyard for them to play in and to have assemblies. The classrooms are all decorated nicely with posters made by the teachers. We tried to show the teachers how to use the posters intentionally instead of just having them up, though.
|front of the classroom|
|Class "library" before I helped him reorganized it|
Grades 1 through Grade 7 attend school there. Grade 7 goes a full day, 7:30 to 4:30, but everyone else comes for a half day session, 7:30 to 11:30 or 12:30 to 4:30. They have break time at 9:45 and at 2:45. The kids sing and dance and play games. I tried to join in a few times, but it turned into them piling on top of me! They just want to be around you, to hold your hand, to touch your hair, etc.
|playing a game during break|
|playing with Hildah and Beatrice at break|
Lunch is served from 11:30 to 12:30. There are some sweet caretakers who take turns cooking for the children.
One of my favorite dances they did at assembly :)
Also, I love how in sync George and Chewe are leading the dance. George was his mini-me.
There are 5 teachers at the school. My teacher was Chewe Tungati. He teaches grade 6 in the morning and grade 2 in the afternoon. He was great with both ages! This is his first year teaching. He said he went into the army for a year after he finished Grade 12, got a 2 year business certificate after that but could not find a job, so he went back to get a 2 year teaching certificate. He wants to continue to go to school to add his certification to teach P.E. and Art. He was great with both ages - grade 2 and grade 6. He could go from helping the little ones tuck their shirts in at assembly to joking and connecting with the older ones.
The teachers at Kamanga are very close and work together as a team so well. Chewe said that if he ever needed anything, he could ask any one of them. When we asked them things like, "Who helped the children learn this song?", they would answer with things like "We all did. It was a team effort." They never wanted to take credit unless it was for the team. They were all incredible to work with! They were hungry to learn and to soak up any knew strategies they could in the 2 weeks we were there. We were all encouraged by how much they seemed to learn and put into practice in such a short amount of time.