School people

Joshua is a dedicated, sweet man who wants all of his students to succeed.  He is rare in that he cares about them so much.  I really love working with him.  Plus, he corrected my spelling and my grammar when I was teaching.

Joshua is a dedicated, sweet man who wants all of his students to succeed. He is rare in that he cares about them so much. I really love working with him. Plus, he corrected my spelling and my grammar when I was teaching.


Clementina is modeling her new skirt. She was a trooper. She hung out with me all morning while I played volleyball and said goodbye to the kids. She finally told me she was having malaria symptoms. We took her home.
Clementina modeling her new skirt from the U.S.

Clementina modeling her new skirt from the U.S.

Girls showing funeral pockets
Clementina shows the girls how to sew funeral pockets that she sewed in my class 5 years ago when I first taught them.
The girls tend to get pregnant at funerals so this pocket they put inside their dress, holds a condom. They loved making them.
Sewing funeral pockets to hold condoms
Pok teaching sex ed to the boys and handing out condoms.
Pok teaching sex ed
A volleyball in Yua? I was so excited, I had to play with the girls…and the boys.
Volleyball in YuaPlaying volleyball
The students were drinking out of that green container on the floor. One cup, not cleaned between people drinking from it and put back in the water. Ugh!!!
We talked about hygeine in sex ed and I found these buckets with a spout. I suggested each student bring their own cup or calabash. The students said they were really happy to have these. Old habits die hard though, so I will see next time if they use these. Fingers crossed.
New Water containers for school
Julius and me 2015

I told Ayamdooh and Pok that I really didn’t want to go home without seeing Julius. Finally, my last day, Julius drove up to the truck on his motorcycle. We hugged and I felt in that moment, my trip was complete.
He told me that he had been teaching awhile ago when a few women walked into his class. They were from a very large NGO, Afrikids. They asked where he learned to teach “like that.” He said from, “Madame Jan from the U.S.A.” They then asked him to come to a meeting where other teachers and other head masters would attend. He will be talking about these new teaching methods and how they have changed the way his students learn. I know he would take it with him. I feel really grateful that I met him and had the opportunity to work with him.
The Reading Group this year was much bigger than in previous years. We still accomplished the goals of learning to project, have eye contact and speak with expression. We had a great time.

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