By Julie Brown
Our international service project participants have been working hard increasing literacy in Botswana. Jim Dover joined the team and they’ve even had close (enough) encounters with wildlife.
From Shelley on June 23:
Today was the last day of training for our second school district.
The two school districts are in remote areas of western Botswana. Space in these schools is an issue. Many speak multiple tribal languages as their first languages, followed by Setswana. This is challenging as schools in Botswana teach in English. We have over 40 primary school teachers attending this rigorous literacy training program. They will use the books we brought to implement what they are learning. The training was really well received and the teachers leave with some great applied knowledge, skills and tools.
We are staying at the Tautona Lodge. Tautona means big lion in Setswana. We hear lions every night, but there is a fence between them and us.
We will visit local primary schools and distribute books for the next two days and then head north to Maun for a safari.