Saturday, July 31, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Sierra Leone does now [thanks in large part to pressure from the international donor community rather than from domestic pressure or political will] have some quite good gender equality laws on its books. It will take some time however for this to be reflected in reality. Sierra Leonean women struggle to access anything close to equality or, maybe even more scary, settle in the main, without a struggle for something a lot less than equality. There is little expectation of equality, little experience of equality and indeed little belief, even among women, in their equality. It is therefore especially impressive to meet women who break that mould.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
All the certificate recipients at the end of term assembly. Well done all!
Looking back to my school days, I am amazed at the contrast between me and my students here. At the end of each day, never mind the end of term, you couldn't see me for dust. It was the end of term yesterday and the 160 live-in youngsters are due for despatch. Some of them have what I would deem a normal response and are happy to go home, pleased to be able to go and tell stories of their progress, show their certificates to their parents and so on. Others are hanging around with sorry faces and pleading to be allowed to stay.
Friday, July 9, 2010
North Oxfordshire Academy [NOA] have really entered into the spirit of cultural exchange and fundraising. Their relationship with EducAid is now in its 3rd year. The ICT staff hosted Jimiyke for several weeks during his trip to the UK earlier this year and, particularly since then, staff and students have really got into the spirit of things.
This is the latest update on their recent activities:
Thanks to all students and staff for their creativity, enterprise, generosity and “craziness” ( a word that makes me feel just a little queasy) in their fundraising and project. So far, the most exciting film is a rap. Members of staff will experience a sharp intake of breath, to learn that The Jardsters form, IMPERIAL 7, have filmed a “Dreamers” rap.
On the fundraising front, this is where we are at present:
The Warwick Worriers are streaking (don’t get any ideas) ahead with £216 but can’t get too smug because, in certain respects they find themselves between a “rock” and a hard place. BUT maximum respect goes out to Louisa’s form, as they say.
Characteristically, IMPERIAL seem to be roaring to the front with about £160 and certain saintly staff, raising hundreds which haven’t been added to the pot yet. Mr Young is promising to bleach his hair with pink blobs, Mr Jardine to run around the track in grass skirt and coconut bra if their targets are reached! Personally I think staff would pay a significant sum for Mr Jardine to keep his kit on as the weather heats up.
Kings have raised about £100 through having their cakes and eating them!
There is a scurrilous rumour that for over £30, Mr Thomas (on behalf of the sixth form) might repeat his gloriously (and gloweringly) monosyllabic assembly on Wales in which he walks up and down the side of the theatre uttering cryptic words between severe eyeballing and beard stroking, accompanied by a three minute pause. The script:
Friday, July 2, 2010
Founder pupil, Moses Tholley, in his penultimate year of engineering studies at the Fourah Bay College, is on his way to Poland for a 6 month work experience placement. Having come close on several occasions, but not being willing to participate in the required corruption, it was looking as if the foreign placement opportunities might well all pass him by. Persistence, integrity and patience have paid off. After sitting his end of year exams, submitting his thesis and electronics project, he will head off to Nigeria first for a visa and should be in situ in Poland by the beginning of September.