Sunday, July 5, 2009
I stayed for a few days with a teacher from grade 3. She has 45 children in her class. The one next door has 48. They have 4 subjects: English, Zulu, Math and Life Skills. Her class is one big room with ½ a broken chalkboard and stacks for workbooks. They had a computer in the office but it was stolen. That is true in homes and churches as well. Theft is a constant fear and there are barbed wire fences around every home and building. Another Grade 5 teacher says it is hard to get kids to complete assignments or care about school when they don't see a future in education. Still they are committed to trying and there will be success stories.