The 2nd term of 2015 has just begun and it is back to school we all go. The Antelope Park volunteers were excited for classes to get underway and their enthusiasm was contagious across camp.
There are approximately 2200 pupils at the school, with an estimate of 55 pupils to 1 teacher, so the roles and responsibilities of the volunteers are chiefly focused on assisting the teachers at Mkoba 4 across a wide range of disciplines within an academic sense. This specific group of volunteers tackled their tasks wholeheartedly, whilst taking the time to really get to know the children. It was an impactful experience and one that we’re always so privileged to be a part of.
Over the past few years, it has been clear that the special needs class at Mkoba 4 is an exceptional and particularly meaningful experience for the volunteers. Though it is not an ordinary or easy undertaking to teach this class; the students are almost always well-behaved, respectful and attentive, despite their varying difficulties within certain subjects.
One of the volunteers visiting from Sweden, Anna Olsson, who is a enrolled in the ‘Teaching and Lions Combo Project’, had the following to say about her experience in the special needs class a little while ago:
“Today we were in the Primary School - in the class for special needs- and we started with English. There were few words spoken and the kids were well behaved- all listening and trying their best. Most of the kids have a problem with spelling and copying from the board. After English we helped with Shona- this is a subject they all like. I think it’s really fun to both teach and learn at the same time. We volunteers take turns to write on the board which is so much fun. You feel so needed, which is truly awesome!”
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