“Zambia In My Rearview Mirror” (from Betty)
Looking back in my rearview mirror at the experiences I had last week in Zambia, I know I’m thankful to be a part of A to Z Literacy.
Highlights of the week include:
** reconnecting with the teachers at Shine Zambia Reading Academy
** not only sharing lessons with teachers and students and modeling good literacy instruction, but watching the teachers in action
** feeling such a warm welcome and the appreciation of our work with A to Z Literacy…I now feel quite colorful!
** seeing vulnerable children make tremendous progress…and witnessing their desire to learn
** spending time with the cadre of Shine graduates who we continue to support with books, materials, and scholarships enabling them to stay in secondary school and move toward a brighter future
** working alongside Mal and Dave Keenan and other educators at School of Hope to help deliver the professional development workshop to 150 Zambian teachers
** the opportunity to engage the students and teachers at Shine in the photography/writing project and learn firsthand about Zambian life by walking the streets and back corners of Mutendere East compound
** handing out toothbrushes (donated by my dentist, Dr. Parin Desai of Crystal Lake Smiles) to over 170 students at Shine
** and finally…the enormous amount of learning and professional development that comes to me as a result of teaching in Zambia.
Back home now…but fond memories of this week will be engrained in my mind forever.