A bus ride reminiscent of a roller coaster began our day on the project team. Two hours on the bus although the school was only 20km away should give you a fair indication of the state of the roads.
On arrival we were greeted by the principal, teachers and students bearing handmade bouquets of flowers created using paper and tissue, they were absolutely beautiful.
We were also honoured to have the opportunity to meet the village elders, their peaceful presence really made us feel the community was involved.
We divided the children into two groups with the beautiful and terribly cute kindys starting the day off with an art lesson. Year 2 and 3 had an energising start; they learnt the rules of the day by playing a variety of warm-up games pretending to be fish, tigers and graceful birds. They were then divided into 5 groups and rotated around numerous activities that reinforced fundamental passing, kicking and aiming skills.
By lunch time we had a suspicious amount of children turn up to school early to be entertained by all the games and equipment we had. We played crazy cricket, double Dutch skipping (members of the project team tried to skip with very little success) and soccer, all before the second wave of children were set to arrive. As you can imagine by this stage were exhausted but invigorated by the smiling faces waiting to enjoy their turn of art and sports lessons.
This time around the older children experienced both an art and a sport lesson.
It was beautiful to see the children produce great pieces of art and they were very proud to display their work around the classroom. Overall we had an amazing, exhausting and rewarding experience and truly believe the children benefitted and hopefully learnt some new skills and a game or two they can use daily in the playground.
The way home was suspiciously smoother making us wonder just why we were lucky enough to experience the bumpy ride there!
-Marg and Nikki