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SAIDIA volunteers supports our local teachers to improve their skills

18 May 11

 Three weeks really is enough time to change lives!  Our recent volunteer Mary (a teacher from the United States), got stuck in on day 1.  She worked closely with the teachers and for 3 weeks mentored them and showed them different ways to conduct their work.  Her main areas of focus were on the importance of lesson planning and the need to bring new techniques into the class room.  Most of the teachers were highly receptive to Mary’s suggestions and very much valued her input into their work. 

“We had been struggling in some areas of our teaching and Mary really helped to give us new ideas, We are very grateful to her for the time she spent with us, we hope some day she and her husband will come back and visit us again, Asante sana Mary and Karibu tena!”

Quote from the Second Master of the school after Mary had left

We often get asked how long should someone come to volunteer for… its always hard to say and very much depends on the person.  Three weeks is a short time, but Mary leaves a lot behind – the staff room walls are now decorated with banners describing different teaching techniques, each teacher has his or her own file that they use to organise their work and keep records of their lesson plans.  Every teacher has observation guidelines and notes and a new system of in-school peer observing has been established and endorsed by the school management.  She worked hard even down to her final day when Mary participated  in a meeting to develop a relevant and agreed upon school code of conduct which would work to ensure teachers were in class when they were supposed to be, that they were prepared and many more things.  As SAIDIA and on behalf of our partners we would like to thank Mary for her tireless hard work, her drive, her great sense of humour and her company not to mention her dinner conversations!!! Come back soon Mary!!

We leave you with a few quotes from Mary…

I choose SAIDIA Tanzania because of..”the community consciousness of the organisation,  I didn’t want to be part of an organisation that was not connected to the community and trying to better it, so that it can one day successfully function without outside aid”

“Great food, love the staff” Pat and Johari really made me feel at home”

“Joey and Jenny were wonderful hosts, very approachable, Amos and David were helpful in organising trips and taking me to town”

“Being a teacher from the US Second chance was the logical placement.  I immediately felt welcome and needed and am very happy that I could help in such an important way”

“The teachers I worked with are all wonderful, motivated people. I feel really confident that they will continue to work with the new techniques I introduced to them.  Having already seen great progress in each class.  I am sure that they have leaned and will continue to learn more effective pedagogy”



Jenny Renju

SAIDIA Tanzania

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