The amazing work of the community, the friendly sisters, the experience of the gecko scuttling over Lou’s foot, the intense heat, the ‘fab’ music practice for mass – these are glimpses of life in Lagos. The latest news from Chris and Lou came through today. It’s good to hear from them. They’re clearly loving being out in Nigeria, and life is very different.
This is what they have to say…..
End of Week One
We can hardly been here a week already, it yet it seems like we’ve been here for years. As we sit down with a celebratory beer it seems hard to believe we were in the UK this time last week.
We’ve spent most of our week in the Ajegunle project, in one of the poorest areas of Lagos, trying to get to grips with some of the amazing work the community does there. It’s been really interesting finding out some of the expectations the staff of Ajegunle have of us. For them the concept of non-teachers coming to a school in Nigeria is pretty hard to understand. So much so, that they were convinced Chris was a music teacher and Louise was a PE teacher. For those of you who know us, you’ll understand why this is so hard to believe.
Over the week we’ve been able to visit the High School, Primary and Nursery schools, Clinic and Women’s Training Centre. Highlights for us have definitely been teaching JS2 music – including a rousing rendition of heads shoulders knees and toes – and observing a home economics lesson on the nose.
Today we’ve got stuck in at the primary school helping out with PE which the whole of the school do together. From 2 years old to 10 years old, quite a challenge. We very quickly became magnets for lots and lots and lots of children all eager to hold parts of our arms or legs they could reach.
Teaching here is very different to the UK, mainly because they don’t have the resources. The lessons are based on the children calling back to the teacher words and repeating phrases. Our style must seem a little crazy to them although they’ve coped well with us so far.