When I arrived at school, some teachers were wearing tradition African dress and looked beautiful. In the morning I was able to observe a student teacher. I then taught a lesson about contamination of food, followed by singing songs which I thoroughly enjoyed. We then played with balloons which I had brought.
Today was my last day in school. We had a staff meeting to discuss our global partnership. We have agreed to work on a project together, about the rights and responsibilities of children. The pace of life here is much slower. The teachers here were shocked at how many hours teachers in England will work for. The teachers at Bassa town work hard to provide an education for their children, with limited resources. I have noticed that staff and children are always smiling at Bassa town.
The staff made a massive effort to throw me a leaving celebration. I was dressed in traditional African dress, I was given beautiful gifts & letters and the children sang lovely songs for me. There was even an official photographer there! This was a fantastic end to my experience in school.
After school, we all met in Waterloo. We had a chance to talk with and sing to local children.
The group then visited a community project set up to help people with disabilities. The majority of these people were injured during the war and have experienced immense suffering. However, the people in Sierra Leone do not dwell on negative experiences, they are keen to improve their lives. Within the community, there are many work projects. There is a sewing station, a blacksmiths, a bell makers and a school. The school children sang for us and acted out plays, about child abuse and AIDS, which are serious issues that children here face. Walking through this village was extremely inspiring.
I then went to the Bread of Life school sports day, the partner school for St John’s. Mr Price, the head teacher from St John’s was made the star guest and got to present awards to the children. Whilst racing, the children ran bare foot or in socks to make it fair.
Everyone is extremely welcoming in Sierra Leone. I have met some beautiful children. The children are really curious about me. They enjoy touching my skin and stroking my hair as it softer than their own. Some younger children are scared when they first see us because of our skin colour. Sierra Leone is full of such fascinating people. Everywhere you look there are interesting and exiting things happening, this country is so full of life.