Today was another early start on our amazing adventure across South Africa. Today I was part of the first group that were going to assist with the teaching of the children at the school we cleaned yesterday. Me, Jen and Kayleigh had to go a bit earlier than the others in order to meet the teachers. We got to the gates and I was already nervous it was like starting your first day at school again as stupid as that sounds but I was going to be meeting a lot of new children and felt the butterflies in my stomach turning already.
Once we met the teachers it was at this point that I learnt that we were actually going to be teaching the children which practically sent me into overdrive as I had never taught science and Maths to kids before and really didn’t want to make a bad impact on their education.
The first lesson I was going to teach was physics and, in specific electricity and circuits. I didn’t realise how hard teaching especially of physics is (hat’s off to Julian you legendary physics teacher) this was mainly because most of physics is actually visualising your mind things you can’t see and so it is hard to convey this message to younger people. It did not help sometimes when they would look at me blankly mainly because I spoke to quick for them as English was probably their 2nd or 3rd language. It felt amazing though when they actually got the questions I set them right and was probably one of the most satisfying feelings that I have ever had.
I think the sink or swim metaphor definitely came into play this morning especially when you prepare a lesson 10 minutes before its about to start. I then went on to teach more physics and Maths for the rest of the day. At the end though it made me realise how lucky I am to have been born where I was as most of the children here at roughly 4-5 years behind us in their educational knowledge and when it came to IT even the teachers were asking for our assistance mainly because we use technology on a 24/7 basis.
After school we went back to the homestead home of a girl from grade 6 who was age 13.
We got speaking to her uncle (who spoke very good English)and it was privilege to be in their company and to hear more about the lifestyle of the people that live in kosi bay and the daily challenges they come across which we take for granted such as food and fresh water. It puts your whole life in perspective when you see someone who is as happy or even happier than you with the simplest way of living life. It also make you question some of your own ideologies when you learn about the politics, education and health care system that they are more than happy with even when it is very simple and they have to pay for when we get it pretty much for free in comparison.