First Day of School…in Zimbabwe Instead!

Math problems for 12 year olds in Zimbabwe

(Emma) Today was the first day of school for all of the schools in Dover. Right now as I type this the middle school bus would be at my house, picking me up for my first day at the middle school. But I am not there; I am in Zimbabwe instead. Even though I am not at school at home I did learn a lot from this one school that we visited today.

The first thing we see when we pull into the school  parking lot (which was dirt) was the kids playing outside with no ball or anything. We get out and go into the classroom. It is a square room with tables and desks and broken windows and around the tables were lots of kids. About 30. They were all staring at us and it seemed to me that they wanted us to do a magic performance. I was nervous but I did know that they were just trying to learn. They were all 12 years old, in 7th grade and trying study for an exam in a month. That exam would tell if they could go into the higher school.

My family and I all looked at the chalkboard and noticed how hard the problems really were. For instance: Name the 3 things that a plant needs to photosynthesize. How do they know that? And that is only one of the hundreds of problems that they needed to solve. It truly was amazing. Here are these kids that live without lots of stuff and yet they are so joyful and so willing to learn because they know that this might be the last chance they get to get an education. And an education is the best thing you can get.

We sang for each other. Here is the video:

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4 Responses to “First Day of School…in Zimbabwe Instead!”

  1. Hi Emma and Family,

    I am thrilled you traveled Zimbabwe to see what school there is like. What an amazing video! I’ll be sure to show it to my fifth grade class tomorrow. Today was a HOT first day of school– in the 90’s. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

    Miss Yorston

  2. Hi Emma, Alex, Andrew and Reis,

    How exciting to be at another school when Dover started school today. Learning about how others go to school, what they learn and seeing what their must do to get an education, makes us really appreciate our country who educates everyone.
    As Ms Yorston mentioned, it was very hot here. How hot is it where you were?
    I met with some fifth grade Chickering Reporters today and we will be keeping the students apprised of where you are, in the world. May we use some quotes from our Blog posts?
    Keep on writing … I love learning and traveling with you all.

    Mrs. Chase

  3. How amazing that even though kids can live such different lives, so many things are similar. Learning photosynthesis?! Amazing, really. We can only imagine what you all are learning over there, too.

    We love reading what you are up to!

  4. Catherine Walkey 12. Sep, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Emma!
    I loved seeing your smiling face in this video. We all feel so lucky to read and follow you and your family along on your amazing journey.
    Sending Big Hugs to all the Whites from all the Walkeys:)