The rewards of teaching

December 30, 2017


After another very busy day, we are once again exhausted from everything we have done. The plans for today was another day at the school, teaching the children all sorts of things.



It was up to Wiard to start the day of with building some electrical circuits with the children. They are very excited to learn anything new. They tried to make a circuit with some LEDs and resistances and everything else that's necessary for it. The children worked really precise and it all looked great, but unfortunatly we weren't able to make the lights work. But the children didn't seem to mind much, they already had a lot of fun and learned a lot from working with the materials.


After we had coffee, Wiard had something else planned. A fog catcher. He told the children they could do it however they want, but the goal was to collect the water that they usually see on the leaves in the morning. They had some materials like aluminium foil and small sticks and they could use anything they found in nature as well. They got to work right away and there were a lot of different results. Some took some aluminum foil and put it high in a tree. Some used aluminium foil or a large leave to catch the water and lead it into a cup. Others again tied plastic bags around groups of leaves to collect water. Tomorrow we will go and see what has worked.


Then after lunch it was time for the children to make keychains with me. I took a lot of ropes, marbles and keychain rings for them to work with. All I did was tell them what they were making, and to make something nice out of it. They worked really hard and a lot of nice things came out. Some braided the ropes or put marbles on there or both. They made a lot of them and the all look great. They also had a lot of fun using their creativity and it was great to see. When we get back home, I will sell these keychains to raise money to improve the school. This way the children have all contributed to the improvement of their own school. They liked it so much that some of them brought some materials home, they will give us the results when they go back to school on monday.


For the final event of the day, we went back to playing minecraft on the computer with the children. Jari tried all day to set up a system with which they could play with multiple people at the same time, but unfortunatly, it was a bit cloudy today so there wasn't enough electricity to use all the screens. But they took turns playing in pairs while the rest watched. They really enjoy figuring out a computer, most of them have never used them before. It’svery surreal that you even have to teach them how the mouse works for example. But it was great to see their faces once they succeeded in something.


After all of this, the day came to an end. We're going to have dinner soon and tomorrow will be a new day.


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In Uganda is a little rural village called Katwadde. When John Ssentamu moved to this village he started the Good Shepard Primary School for the children who couldn't go to school before for multiple reasons. Wiard, Jari and Iris have been there to meet the community. We want to help both the school and the community so they can develop into the best that they can be. On this site you can read about what we have done and what we want to do in the future. We hope you enjoy it.

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