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JAMBO JAMBO JAMBO
With these words you instantly get captured by
the African atmosphere.
‘Jambo’is Swahili for ‘hello’.
The project started after Pascale Perneel went to Kenya a couple of times for another project.
“I was a teacher for 23 years in ‘de Brug’, a primary school for children xwith special needs in Kortrijk. Teaching children with special needs pleased me a lot. But out off medical issues I couldn’t continue this job. And by doing voluntary work the contact is held alive.
After having contact with some people I could join another project to Kenya. I was immediately interested. Step by step I felt more at home in Kenya and I realized that our help is very much welcome.
To be able to focus for 100% on the educational part and to be able to respond to multiple needs I experienced, I prefere, from now on, to continue this on an independent level in partnership with some friends. Our purpose is to cooperate transversally with multiple projects. The objectives stay the same: helping in teaching, support teachers and foresee the necessary didactical materials. We do this in a couple of schools in Maweni.
2007, the first time to Ukunda, Kenya.
Dr. Marleen Temmerman described it beautifully in her book 'Mama Daktari' :
‘It was love at first sight. Kenya got under my skin and it would never let me go.'
And that was the case. A lot of warm and friendly people live in Kenya, that although they are pore, they would share everything with you. In the schools they welcome anyone who wants to help in a very enthusiast way. Next to teaching, a lot of didactical hints are being exchanged with teachers and school management. Step by step the idea grew to focus on didactical support of schools who show these needs. It is important to know three fourth of the teachers didn’t study to become one. They can only engage these studies while teaching and earning a living, to be able to afford these studies. So you hear me coming: all help is welcome.
Volunteer didactical consultant
From 2010 Pascale is going to schools in Ukunda to help as 'didactical consultant'. Nancy also joined her once to Kenya to help. The Amani School is being helped, but also other schools can be addressed like Shikamana and Peace Village. The more people we can reach the better off course!
What does this help consist of?
When didactical help was asked, it where mostly explicit questions, for example how should we teach 9 + 5, how should we teach to memorize the times tables,… ? It mostly consists of the step from the explicit to the abstract. In language lessons for example they never heard of a dictation en the multiple shapes of it.
In Belgium learning goals are being put out, in English off course, so these methods can be used step by step till they are being used in a routine way.
In Kenya these learning goals en methods are then being explained and executed in the classroom, the teacher then can observe and repeat this. While executing new problems arise which we will try to solve together. It’s a start and it is not easy. Translating didactical terms in English is very time consuming. But like the Kenyan saying ‘polé, polé’. By the way, their way of thinking is rather right: "You have the watch, we have the time."
You can read more about this subject at ‘goals’.