The Chalkboards are underway!

October 8th, 2015

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Team MLOL after day 1 of painting chalkboards. RSCN1359

Mrs Chilowa lends Caroline a hand with the painting.RSCN1384

Wednesday has been a busy, busy day at Ngumbe! I started off with Standard 4 in the library reading What the Ladybird Heard, singing B-I-N-G-O and playing The Farmer Wants a Wife. Then it was off to meet Mr Eliya, my old friend from Chistime who came to teach handball with Caroline and Fraser. When the sports leaders took a break they came to the library and asked to read some books- who am I to stand in the way of their enthusiasm? Very encouraging to see them so eager to read and make use of the library! I visited Standard 7 next at the request of Tamandani, one of their teachers who has been working closely with us in the library. I also read What the Ladybird Heard with them and we had a great time singing and making animal noises. I have discovered a hidden gem of a class that Mr Anderson has been keeping to himself- I will go back for more tomorrow when he’s not looking! Next it was off to start the chalkboard painting with my lovely Ngumbe team- Caroline, Fraser, Nedie, Rebecca and Jacqueline. It was hot, hot work and we were glad of the break when Chiwemwe and Eve called us to the library to have a specially prepared lunch of rice, peas and beef stew. Then it was back to the chalkboards for us! We stayed a bit later today to paint as many boards as possible. Our motivation was singing a random mix of show tunes, library songs we have been teaching, Motown, the Lion King tunes and 80s hits- we had so much fun and managed to paint 7 classrooms’ worth of chalkboards including 2 rooms which had 2 big boards and at least 6 small ones- all in all, in a fantastic team effort we painted 36 boards. Thank you for all your support! We still have 9 classes to paint here and 14 boards at Chitsime! By the time we were finished painting, we were covered in very attractive chalkboard paint splodges and desperate for something to drink. Water has never tasted so good! Another fantastic day in Malawi, feeling really grateful for my team and my second opportunity to do a little for the amazing people of this beautiful country. I ???? Malawi! Love from Miss Black x

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