Quizzes and Kwacha

And…week five begins! I’m really starting to get connected to the Form II English students that I’ve been teaching – I want them to succeed! Mr. Kihoo said that he’d figure out a way to inform me of their National Exam scores once they’re released (probably by communicating through Edward) so I’m looking forward to seeing that. I hope that the vast majority of them do well, and that I might be able to credit myself with just a very little bit of their success. We’re moving along with the verb tenses, and will hopefully be done by the end of the week. The Form II B & C classes will take their quiz (that I wrote!) on Wednesday or Thursday and we’ll mark them to get a feel for their grasp of the material. Mr. Kihoo told me today that I will be assisting to mark the annual internal exams for the Form I, III, and V students, which is a big job that I’m very glad to take on. I’m back to my individual schedule as of tomorrow, and am energized and ready for the week. This afternoon we trekked down to the library (all 12 of us!) and Moses put us to work. The students are on their testing schedule stull, which means that most of them are in class until 4:30 pm (rather than 2:10 pm), so we don’t have our usual student helpers. But Simon and Simba came to find us as soon as they finished with class. Simon’s conversational English has improved exponentially even sense we arrived, and it makes me very happy to see his newfound confidence. I learned today that his nickname is “Kwacha,” after the name of the country bus since his friends think that he takes the bus home to Iringa too often! How funny! On our walk back to the mission house, we saw the clinic doctors moving a very sick patient into a jeep for transportation to the hospital in Iringa town. We stopped our walk and waited (out of respect for the patient and their family) and promised to pray for their recovery and for their family during the tough time. Upon arrival at the mission house, I loudly barged through the door with Edward, carrying firewood, and were shocked to find that a history teacher from the secondary school, Weaton, had joined us to talk about the history of Tanzania. He’s one of my favorite teachers, so it was very nice to be able to share a meal with him. Tomorrow morning marks the halfway point of our second session (WHAT!) so everyone is reviewing their goals and group characteristics after breakfast. One and a half weeks to go!

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