Kate and Neesha and the ‘Rights R Us’ Club

Enjoying the rain – Yes, it’s rainy season

What? Chocolate? ooooh!

Who needs a washing machine anyway?

D*** mosquitoes!

Kate and Neesha, fresh out of teacher training college in Lincoln, arrived in Sierra Leone three weeks ago and have been having fun, despite some of the culture shocks they also experienced!
They have done some great work especially with the early years classes, working with Cobra and his team.
From our point of view, it is always good to have our work validated by people who know what they are talking about.  This is what they have to say about the ‘Rights R Us’ club.

Reflecting on our time
in Maronka, EducAid, we have found the schools’ strengths lie in their ethos
for teaching children about their rights and responsibilities.  This stems from cobra and his team’s passion
for supporting children to think independently and recognise the role they have
in their futures and that of Sierra Leone. 
This is developed in a
number of ways, ranging from discussions in assemblies, work in class, extra
curricular activities such as drama and Cobra’s group Rights R Us.  This group in particular stands out as they
produce plays with poignant messages that highlight significant topics in their
community and raise adult issues like child trafficking, slavery and FGM.  Watching the children’s performances
demonstrated to us, how mature the children’s understanding is on such
sensitive topics. 
Relating the
productions to educational practice in the UK and other areas the subjects
discussed may seem emotionally challenging for such a young age group however,
the issues raised are an important part of Sierra Leone’s life, therefore drama
provides an effective means for discussion provoking thoughts leading to
awareness of their own rights and responsibilities.
Subsequently, the
drama is effective, inspirational practice which we intend to continue in our
own classrooms so that our children in the UK can develop and understand their
roles in the classroom and the wider world to the same level.
Keep up the great
All the best Kate and

If you are interested in knowing more about EducAid’s work with vulnerable young Sierra Leoneans, please go to www.educaid.org.uk and www.sierraleonegirls.blogspot.com

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