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Only not really. Following an incredible swearing in event in Pretoria, where I gave a speech in Setswana, I headed out to the Northwest Province and my new village in the Greater Taung area. My new school is home to close to 800 learners- many of whom are orphans and vulnerable children. These kids face incredible obstacles to their education; malnutrition, gigantic class sizes, teachers who don’t show up to class, and so much more. And yet, they still strive to learn, asking me to come teach their class when no one else will.
I am currently shadowing teachers, co teaching grade 6 life skills, and even tackling some grade 7 English all on my own. I am working hard to encourage my male learners that they are just as capable of cleaning the school as the females, and promoting confidence and participation in my shy and uncertain learners.
Outside of school, my days consist of hanging out with learners in the afternoon playing netball or jumping rope, walking to the local tuk shop, and hauling water for my day to day activities.