Sunday, March 18, 2012

School Days in Cameroon

Here's a collection of some pictures I have from multiple different schools (4) in and near Buea.  Teaching here has been a huge learning experience in so many ways.  I've witnessed many new and different styles of teaching, discipline, and accomplishing things.  I've gotten used to some things that were so different to me at first, but other things... I don't think I'll ever be "used to."
 This picture is at CRC class 1A, the new school I'm teaching at this semester, the teacher was doing a lesson on human rights and teaching the students about the flag and respect for their country.
This was when i was on my way to my interview at CRC, I didn't think interviewing for a volunteer position could be such an excitement, but it was! :)
CRC (Children's Reading Corner) is a "small school" but 400 children learn here everyday, and there are so many, MANY more schools around Buea, lots of kids!!

 playground of Hotpeck orphanage school.
This is the orphanage school, most of the children are orphans who stay at the school, but also some are from farms and villages nearby.
Classroom at Tole
Kids from Hotpeck.

The broom and "water fountain" equivalent.
teacher's desk, complete with a couple different whip options.
Whip and chalk board eraser.
One of the punishments for kids at Hotpeck is to "carry a stone" which means they're sent to kneel in the corner for a "time-out" and have to pick up one of the rocks laying there and hold it above their heads until the teacher says they can go back to their seats.  (see the two against the wall holding a rock up?) I know this isn't a very good picture, but it was one of my sneaky pictures because it really wasn't an appropriate time to take one... but I snuck it with my camera under the table... because I thought it was a shot worth capturing.  Creative punishment in my opinoin, better than the whip.
This is my English reading tutoring class at Kingston.
Kingston Students.

Proverbs 22:6  
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Ephesians 4:11-12 
And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ."


Anonymous said...

Seems hard to believe that you have 2 more years of college before you can be a "real" teacher!! What an education you've been getting in Africa. I pretty sure you'll have learned as much about teaching in a few months as you learn in a whole year or two of education class in college. That's how it was for me anyway!! Love and Miss you tons, mom

Schumachers said...

I've got to say you've worn many hats already and I know that you made a big difference at everyone of those schools. Them kids that you've been loving to when there teachers are not, will remember for the rest of there lives how good it felt when you were nice to them and will show that love to others. :) just being kind can go a long ways! Keep up the good work and others will continue to see Jesus through you. I love you, Jody