Connecting Classrooms – DACA in Kenya

Connecting Classrooms – DACA in Kenya

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1. Mrs.Stanway wrote:
Mr.Charruau has contacted me this morning to let me know that he has arrived safely in Kenya. The time difference is 2 hours ahead and when I received the message he was in a taxi on the way to the hotel, reflecting on his work ahead. He even joked that he will probably be working in flip flops! We wish Mr.Charruau a very rewarding and successful visit to Kenya 'connecting classrooms'.

Fri, May 21, 2010 @ 11:28 AM

2. Mr Charruau wrote:
I have been in Kenya for 2 days and I have learnt and experienced a lot more than I could have ever imagined. I am sorry to write only now but I have been extremely busy. I know that if I am in Kenya is to represent DACA and it is a real privilege. I have met some great people from various countries in Africa and fantastic teachers from the UK.

I arrived in Nairobi at 8am on Friday (21/05) and we travelled by coach to Naivasha (2 hours from Nairobi). I work in a wonderful environment. A teacher from Sudan said speaking about where we stay: "I always wondered what paradise looks like but now I now". Can't wait for you to see all the photos and videos I am taking: from my room I can see giraffes, zebras, hippos and many more animals.

On Saturday I met all the representatives from different countries. There are around 70 people in the seminar so that's quite a lot of names to remember at once! So we got to know each other and we learnt the principles of successful partnership and how to approach communication with people who have very different cultures than ours. It was extremely interesting. On Sunday, I made a display about DACA and did a presentation about us, who we are and what we do. People were very impressed and interested by our school. They loved the dace badges. I then met representatives from different countries to negotiate partnerships. Every countries represented would have been fantastic partners. I am very happy to tell you that we are going to be working with 2 fabulous countries: Tanzania and Zambia.

Yesterday, Sunday 23/05, at 4pm we went to a secondary high school. The track to get there was bumpy but the visit was extraordinary. Obviously being Sunday, the kids were at school especially for us. They sang for us which was amazing and then we planted trees together. It was a fantastic time.

Last night to celebrate our partnership, we had dinner in the bushes in traditional costumes. Obviously, us in the UK we don’t have traditional costumes but the Africans were wearing wonderful outfits. It was a night to never forget: it is a rare opportunity to see people from so many different cultures, lives and languages dancing together.

Today, we are going to work on the planning of the projects.
I hope to do my best to represent you. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me and I will reply as soon as I can.
Have all a nice day.
Mr Charruau

Mon, May 24, 2010 @ 2:14 PM

3. Ms Bradbury wrote:
It sounds like you are having an absolutely fantastic experience, and it's great that you are meeting so many people and making links. Well done for doing a presentation about DACA. Keep us updated, have a great time, and make sure you get some photographs of those giraffes!

Tue, May 25, 2010 @ 8:03 AM

4. Mr. Charruau wrote:
I have lots of photos of giraffes! Last night, i was even taking risk trying to film an hippo! But failed! I need to get back to finalize budget.

Tue, May 25, 2010 @ 11:59 AM

5. Brendan Pugh wrote:
A vivid picture of your time in Kenya Mr Charruau. Giraffes will be fine , get the hippos on your return to Africa! Can't wait to see your photos and hear about schools over there - The pupils singing and planting of trees sounds a wonderful experience as does the dinner in the bushes. Look forward to looking at our future projects with Tanzania & Zambia. safe journey home

Wed, May 26, 2010 @ 9:42 PM

6. Brendan Pugh wrote:
Save the hippo photos for a return visit Mr Charruau! Pupils singing and planting trees sounds a wonderful experience as does the dinner in the bushes. Looking forward to exchanging cultural ideas with Tanzania and Zambia.Hope journey home safe.

Thu, May 27, 2010 @ 5:33 AM

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