Blog day 7 Kenya 2016
We started of the day with visiting the teacher’s education centre – in other words, the place where the teachers get educated. It was a nice and interesting experience and it was one of the cleanest houses we have been too, so far. It amazes me how dirty they have it everywhere. I guess that’s not something they prioritize, and sand always seems to find its way through every small little crack, so I guess it’s not easy to keep it clean. Another question I’ve been asking my self is why they don’t organize things since it will be easier to find and to keep in good conditions. But as it seems, they do not have a proper answer to that, because I asked them and they couldn’t tell me why. It’s just that way I guess.
The Danish students took their chance to host a class with the teacher’s students – They asked their questions after they had dividing the teacher’s students into three groups so they would be able to discuss.
The focus was of course on IT and learning. How IT would help their career out and what it can do for their future students. It was a very interesting forum and it was really fun to hear what they had to say. Most of them where very young and had just finished school. So it felt that there was a lot of thoughts and ideas on what should be done regarding IT in schools so they would be able to learn more. One issue is that it’s still a problem with the electricity and the access to computers. Even the teacher’s students lack the computers in class. They have to pay extra for learning ICT and IT if that something they want to be teaching (and knowing). When they have graduated and are teachers they can also apply for an ICT education but they still have to pay for it by themselves. A very complex system if you ask me. Even the government has prioritized computer learning but not for the teachers. The government has a goal that every primary school should provide ICT learning but there are still a lot of schools without electricity. It gets really hard to do something around IT when they lack the basics of even starting up.
After that we actually went on a “real trip” which was nice. We went to the dam where they produce the electricity for Matuu and the connecting county’s. Very interesting to se. It was a large lake but they have made it into 7 different dams where they now produce a lot of electricity. We went town to the water to see it up close but you were not allowed to get too close since there were crocodiles and hippos in the water. A very new experience for a swede. We also got the chance to jump in a pool which was very nice since it was like a 100 degrees outside. (yea, maybe not but it was very hot). We tried to learn our driver Musili to swim. It was so much fun, and I started to think about how lucky I am in Sweden. Since I’ve been a child I have been able to go and learn how to swim. During my school years I have been on number of swimming lessons and that have made me feeling comfortable in water and not fearing it. Trying to teach someone to swim is not that easy. It became very clear how important swimming is to learn at an early age. Sure, they do not have that many water holes here for swimming but if he would be stuck in water someday – it’s a nice thing to know how to swim! One plus for Musili who learned how to float and one plus for the Swedish education system that teaches kids at an early age how to feel comfortable in water and learn how to swim.
With love from Kenya,
Best Regards Rebecka