Today we woke up early and headed over to Urukundo. We were welcomed by the whole school with some songs they sing for visitors before we were placed into our classrooms for the morning. Travis and I sat in the class of a teacher we worked with. He did some games with numbers from 1-20, and then they reviewed a lesson on family members. Some students acted out an entire home scene, and the rest of the class had to describe what they saw. It was so much fun.
After Urukundo, we went to Kabgayi to visit another school. I attended an English lesson on....domestic animals! I can safely say I am a professional now at the words of domestic animals in Kinyarwanda and English, haha! Then, we sat in on a science class and learned about soil and cultivation. In the science class, the children acted out the entire process, and it was so much fun to participate in!
We stopped for lunch and then went to our final school. I wish I could say we remembered the school name, but the road on that mountain was rough, and I was more focused on not being carsick. However, Trevor and I were able to review two English lessons: on transportation and food. The lessons were so interactive and I was actually really excited to participate with the kids!
Overall, my experience with this day was a positive one. It is very humbling to see such well behaved children eager to learn, and teachers doing all they can with little to no resources. These teachers are so creative, and you can see the love of their profession, and love for their students. I wish I could have stayed longer (hint hint, Professor Kahn) in the schools to observe more.
That night was our last night at Mamas also. We put on the play of Goldilocks, with Travis playing the lead role. We finished some songs and then said goodnight to the kids and took a few pictures together. I miss my little man from there so much.
I am honored to have been given this opportunity to go to Rwanda and look forward to growing from this experience, both professionally and personally. The Great Lakes region in Africa is of great interest to me, especially as a resident of the Great Lakes region in the United States. I currently work as a refugee resettlement case worker at a local agency in Buffalo. Conflict resolution and community building are two topics that are crucial in my work, and I am eager to both share my stories on those subjects and learn from the stories of others. Ultimately, through our collective stories, I hope to witness and engage in the solidarity that has developed in Rwanda since the mid-nineties. My hope is to bring that knowledge back to my work in Buffalo. The lessons learned can then be put into action by aiding in the development of programs that will have a positive effect on the families and communities that I serve.