Friday, May 15, 2009

Sakeji School Life

Greetings from Sakeji Mission Boarding School in Northwest Province Zambia.

I have been teaching at the school for almost three weeks and seem to be getting back in the groove.  The students here come from all over southern Africa but mostly from Zambia.  There are 71 students in the school ranging from grades one to eight. Most are african kids but about 10% are missionary kids from North America.

I am enjoying teaching Science, Computer Studies, Physical Education and Religious Education.  Breakfast is at 7 am, classes start at 8 am with a tea break at 10, lunch in the dining at 12noon.  Classes continue in the afternoon til 3pm, then there are a variety of activities from, arts/crafts, swimming, Rally (Awana type program), sports, games, and also prep (after school homework time).  Supper is at 5 :30pm.  The younger students head back to the dorm at 6 :30 for baths, story, and bedtime by 730pm.  The older students follow the same plan but are in bed by 8 or 830pm.  They get to bed early as wakeup is at 6am.  Kids are kids but for the most part they are well behaved, polite and mannerly.  Quite a change from some Canadian public schools.

I will try to take a few pictures of the school campus and kids and post them.  The school is out in the bush, with the closest town Ikeleng about 10km away.  There is a post office there but not much else. The area is sub-tropical with grassland but jungle like conditions in the valleys and ravines. The Sakeji river (which runs thru the school property) flows into the Zambezi River close to it's  source.  Where the two rivers come together they are about the same size.  The Zambesi however grows to a mighty river that flow over Victoria Falls and finally reaches the Indian Ocean.

We will be at Sakeji til mid June and hope to head back to Canada for the summer. Thanks for reading.

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