I have been involved in a Connecting Classrooms project for the majority of this academic year. It provides cluster groups of three schools from the UK (Seaford Head Community College, Cradle Hill Primary and Hailsham Community School) with a great opportunity to partner with schools from two different countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia and Nigeria in our case). The aim of the programme is to enable intercultural dialogue and to increase knowledge and understanding of each other's societies.
Tomorrow morning I depart the UK for Ethiopia, in order to meet with teachers from both Ethiopia and Nigeria and to help deliver some training at Assella Prepartory Secondary School. This will mainly be focused upon strategies to teach English. I also look forward to participating in class and school observations and being involved in discussion with students and teachers.
Below is a map of the places I will be travelling to: the capital city Addis Ababa, Assella and the Great Rift Valley lakes of Langano, Ziway and Abiyata.
After the visit we aim to follow up our work with the schools and plan for the teachers from both Ethiopia and Nigeria to visit the UK. Excited and anxious at the same time. I look forward to updating my blog on return, complete with lots of photos!
Happy Easter! :)