Eens terug in Zambia...

11/06/2012

De twee leerkrachten en het schoolhoofd van de Buyantanshi school getuigden per e-mail over hun verblijf bij de Vlaamse partnerschool De Belhamel, Schellebelle. Een mooi verslag dat we jullie niet wilden onthouden:

Definitely, we had a safe flight back to Zambia. But it was sad to realize that time was so short with such an overwhelming welcome by all the hospitable teachers and other staff of our partner school. Our visit lasted from 18th to 27th May, 2012. We appreciate the good time we spent together during our SchoolLinks visit to De Belhamel in Belgium.

The field trip to the village of Schellebelle with pupils of the 5h Grade was very interesting. The pupils had to do a Treasure Hunt on the history of their town. This was a particularly interesting and one of the most exciting activities as this taught pupils how to find their own way.

Highly interactive were the times when kids performed games (gymnastics) and music with the visiting teachers. This made them sample some other ways of learning. We Zambian teachers conducted music and Gymnastic lessons and we taught the pupils of all grades basic Bemba words!

We also observed the lessons of different teachers in different classes. The visit to the infant school was very necessary in that it enabled us to compare different methodologies used by the teachers in Flanders. We learned a lot about the challenges faced in handling infants and how they managed it due to good motivation. Having observed how teachers deal with pupils in and outside the class, we acquired various methodologies that are necessary to be implemented in our school too.

During the visit, the School Manager for Buyantanshi gave a presentation on Zambia, in order to enlighten his fellow-colleagues in the Belhamel on their perception and anxieties about Zambia. He explained about Zambia’s schooling system in comparison with that of Belgium, as well as its economy and political situation. This helped to clear away the possible fears that their partners have once they visit Zambia.

The accomplishment of the ‘peace song’, composed by both students at Buyantanshi and Schellebelle, is truely motivational! Some members of the community, parents, teachers and pupils were present at the official presentation of the song and video clip. This joint activity was a great achievement indeed!

After school and during the weekend, we visited various historical places, and enjoyed Belgium’s rich history. We were especially fond of the uncountable number of historical buildings and other features of your country, such as the castle of Ghent, the canals, the chapels during the visit to Bruges, the North sea, etc.

We miss every minute that passed by because we learnt a lot!

  
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