07 May 2019 – This is an imported page from an old blog I kept during my travels to Malawi. Next month (June 2019) as part of this year’s Norwich-Dedza Partnership exchange, teachers from Malawi will be visiting the UK. So in celebration and preparation for that, I will be re-blogging the thoughts I made during my visit in 2013.
You can find an index of all the 2013 Malawi blog entries here. Zikomo!
“Made by youngsters, for youngsters!”
20th May 2013; Framingham Earl, UK
The best gift is one which has taken a lot of thought, dedication and time to produce. In our consumer-society it is all too easy to pick up something for a few pounds, and then give it to the recipient, anxious that you’ve made the right choice.
One gift we are taking to Malawi is a learning resource that we created ourselves. Every Monday after-school, the Gifted & Talented Geography Group meet to explore, discover and share Geography in a greater depth that is difficult to do in a normal lesson. It also allows everyone to geek out!
Before I continue, I would like to quote actor Simon Pegg (legend…!):
“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”
Over a couple of months we set about creating a resource to give to our link school’s in Malawi. We decided on a photo-pack, with activities to get pupils in Malawi to think about our lives in the UK and compare them with their own.
I’ll let the photos do the talking!
You can find our resource pack, called “Life in the UK” here.
Chichewa – We are learning together (I think! I’m still learning!) ^_^