So, I survived the first term! Although the past few days have been frustrating as I had to fumble through the grading and report card process without any direction, handing out the reports to my learners today felt great. Unfortunately, more than 65% of my students failed their math exams, which was disappointing for me, but is generally the norm here. Like them, I am learning as I go through this process and I have realized things I need to do differently and skills that need to be taught. So, I am really optimistic that next term will be an improvement.
The principal held a wonderful assembly this morning where he announced the highest achievers for each subject. The entire school clapped and cheered while those students were given a small monetary reward. I myself felt inspired and proud, I can only imagine how they felt. It was a great way to end the term.
As I was leaving school today, one of the teachers said something that made me burst out laughing and so I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Namibian quotes this term:
“I don’t know where Canada is. Is it an Arab nation?” – Taxi driver
“If you don’t come to pick up your report card on Thursday, we will put them in the toilet.” – Principal speaking to entire school
While walking one evening, one of my learners asked me where I was going and when I explained that I was walking for exercise and to avoid gaining weight, she said: “But Miss, you are already round.”
“Is Canada a developing country like Namibia?” – grade 5 teacher
“Miss Tanya, do you know anyone who would want to buy 20 karats of diamonds?” And when I told him that I don’t know anyone with that kind of money he asked “do you know how I could get them into the United States?” – grade 4 teacher
And the best of all, spoken to me today by one of the female teachers as she was walking behind me: “Miss Tanya, you are getting fat…very fat. Namibia must be treating you well!”