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Day 2 at Kaplani

Tuesday 10 July 2018

 Monday was the first teaching day since the global awareness weekend and back to an early 7am start. With a quick cold shower and some toast we were on our way to our second day at Kaplani. It started off with lashing rain and dense fog to end the assembly and to start the teaching day. 

Hannah, James, Zara and Casey teaching Class 6 the planets in the Solar System
Hannah, James, Zara and Casey teaching Class 6 the planets in the Solar System

The morning began with a free period as we were trying to quickly rehearse our lesson plan. As we entered class we taught the solar system through fun games and activities. As the bell rang for the beginning of English we danced and sang with the pupils to teach them verbs and adjectives. When English ended, lunch began and seeing the midday meals was really heart–warming. The group and I witnessed first–hand where our fundraising was going and it felt like we were making a difference no matter how small.  As the final bell rang, it was time to turn the page on another teaching day at Kaplani.

Sarah and Karl working with Class 8 on their Science lesson
Sarah and Karl working with Class 8 on their Science lesson

When we arrived back from teaching, we gathered in groups to plan science for the next day and with a quick discussion about more games to play with the pupils, we packed up and went down town for some shopping. Once we arrived back we quickly discovered that Jack, Hasan and James’ room had been broken into by monkeys. They had eaten some of Hasan’s food and escaped through the window, leaving the empty packet evidence on the roof. We had a great surprise when we discovered that Dominic had arrived to join our team for our last few days. He will be a most welcome member of our team.

Georgia teaching English with Class 10
Georgia teaching English with Class 10
Katie teaching Science to some Class 7 boys
Katie teaching Science to some Class 7 boys

The final two lessons to plan were English and art, which Mona made light hearted and fun, as always.  Once we packed up our teaching materials we quickly brought the chairs into a circle for a reflection on the most interesting event we had witnessed from the past few days. 

An afternoon walk into town after lesson planning!
An afternoon walk into town after lesson planning!

To end the day, we all had some really dramatic scenes as we played a game of ‘wink murder’.  As 10 o’clock approached everyone was feeling satisfied and tired from another good day’s work. So we quickly put our chairs away and all headed back to our rooms to put our heads down for a good night’s sleep, excited to start the day all over again!

Karl McCullough

Posted in Lurgan & Holywood Team 2018
on Tuesday 10 July 2018