Friday, June 11, 2010

8 X 7 = 56

I'm continuing to help out at the school teaching math to small groups of children. The children in the early grades are taught in Lugandan. By P5 they are taught primarily in English. It's rewarding to work with these children because for the most part they're eager to learn. I never thought multiplication tables could be so much fun. Last Sat I had quite a few children drop by our house for extra help. One boy I'm working with comes to school at 6:00 a.m. to do his homework because it's too dark in the evenings and his grandfather can't afford money for a lantern. The classrooms have few supplies beyond textbooks and exercise books. Some manipulatives for teaching math have been donated to the school but the teachers will need to be trained on how to use them. When we travel outside of New Hope we see many, many children who are obviously not in school. While education is in theory universal in Uganda it is not feasible to make it compulsory and so many children fall through the cracks.

1 comment:

  1. Sure makes me appreciate that we get a good education here in the western world. We are blessed people! Sound like you are all having a blast, Canada will be boring after all the adventures there!