Tunaenda Shuleni! We Are Going To School!

I spent ten months in the rural village of Lyapona in Tanzania, East Africa and wanted to share my experience but will do it from a student’s perspective.

Introduction

I spent ten months in the rural village of Lyapona in Tanzania, East Africa. I was teaching English and mathematics to Forms one, two and three (9th, 10th and 11th grade). I wanted to share my experience but have decided to do it from a student’s perspective. As teachers, we can get so focused on curriculum, assessment, and policy that it is easy to forget to see things from a student’s eyes, whether in America or Tanzania. This story is told by a fictional student named Asinta, who is a composite of the lives and stories of my actual students. Imagine yourself sitting on a short wooden stool, next to a charcoal fire in a mud brick house with tin roofing, and open your mind and heart to what Asinta has to say.

Citation

Quinlisk, L. (2015). Tunaenda shuleni! We are going to school. Kaleidoscope: Educator Voices and Perspectives, 1(2), pages 7–10.

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