When did any of us see that in an American junior high school? The overriding thought I had is this: shouldn’t the enthusiasm these children have for learning be matched by the commitment we make to them?
The team had the opportunity to teach algebra lessons in 7th and 8th grades using only tissue paper and dried beans. Remember ‘x’, (the unknown) from your algebra courses? Why not represent it with a small tissue paper bundle of an unknown number of beans? A handful of mystery bundles and some extra beans, and we had hands-on algebra! The kids got it, and the teachers were enthusiastic: all the teachers I met were open to every possible avenue to improve the education that their students receive.
Upon returning from this trip, my commitment to the cause of community-driven education development in Kenya is now greater than ever. In only 5 days, the people of Wamunyu, and especially the children, worked their way deep into my heart, where they will remain. For these children, education is the fashion. I want to work to make it the best it can be.