We help Gehandu pupils in three specific ways.
• Firstly, we fundraise and donate books and laptops so that Gehandu pupils can use them in class and at home.
• Secondly, we showcase a range of more interactive teaching styles (e.g. working in groups, role play and project work). We hope this helps learning where there are up to 60 pupils in a classroom listening to a lesson in their third language (behind Kiswahili and their tribal language).
• Thirdly, we train teachers and pupils in using IT to improve teaching and learning.
The benefits are real and profound: improved exam results have catapulted Gehandu to the top of its District league table and facilities have transformed: now the school has a water supply, electricity and computers, along with better boarding facilities and a new dining hall, with our fundraising help. A key part of the partnership has been regular visits of Gehandu teachers to Radley. Headmistress Leokadia Maydi observed that for her this was a powerful experience which made it clearer how adopting more modern teaching methods at Gehandu could work alongside aiming for a warmer relationship between teachers and pupils. Plans were promptly made to abandon corporal punishment!
The Tanzania trip is a demanding one for all involved. Boys need to prepare and deliver a number of 80 minute lessons, which are stimulating and interactive, whilst being prepared to adapt them when things don’t work to plan! They encounter young people in the most basic of homes and learn to appreciate true determination and resilience when they see it. They also fundraise to provide the hard cash whcih Gehandu needs to improve its facilities.
Needless to say, the trip is a profoundly transformative experience for all involved.