"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

3.31.2010

a local response to a local problem

Now this is dedicated teaching:
Under the shade of a thorny tree in the small Kenyan village of Saka Junction, students sit learning the alphabet - spelled out in the sand using goat droppings.

"Teachers are supposed to be innovative," says Abdi Salat of Garissa district's education office.

"The teacher has to use goat droppings and wild fruits and all these things at his disposal as his teaching aids."

Herding livestock is the daily activity for children in these nomadic pastoralist communities.

...The children operate a shift system - lessons in the early morning are followed by a stint looking after the animals and then they return for another class in the late afternoon.

These children no longer have to make a choice between their nomadic lifestyle and an education - they can do both.
What a great, cost-free, sustainable, local response to a problem.

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