Down in the Jungle at Ngumbe

October 4th, 2015

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Sorry for the delay in updating- Malawi is experiencing a lot of power cuts which means I can’t send messages to you! On Wednesday, we worked hard in Standard 6 learning animal names and noises. Later, we worked in the Library reading The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child and singing number songs. We then went to a factory which employs people who have some difficulty seeing, hearing, speaking or walking. The workers are very skilled weavers, tie dyers, printers and tailors. They make beautiful placemats, bags, aprons, tshirts, dresses, curtains and much more.

On Thursday, we visited Limbe Market which sells everything from fish to shoes and tomatoes to spare phone chargers! It is a noisy, busy, colourful place where I’m sure you could buy anything you will ever need. Then, we visited the fabric shop to buy more chitenge material for making African outfits for the boys and girls and wall displays at St Stephen’s. I managed to choose 4 new fabrics but I warn you… you will need your sunglasses!

Today, I visited standard 6 again. We read Stick Man and What the Ladybird Heard and then sang BINGO, which the boys and girls really enjoyed. When I passed the class later, they were singing happily and playing a game about the names of animals in English.
Next, we arranged to meet all of the teachers on Tuesday next week to teach them about reading skills. We hope that the teachers will use the skills we teach them to improve reading and use of the library. Next week is sure to be very busy with Miss Paterson and Mr Gilmour joining us at Ngumbe to train Sports Leaders and train Gift from Ngumbe as the Sports Master. I’ll tell you all about it next week. Happy weekend everyone! Love, Miss Black x

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