06 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!
“We are on our way!”
25th May 2013; Thetford, UK
12 intrepid explorers on a minibus travelling down the A11! 12 hearty souls getting acquainted (some of us have been to Malawi with the Partnership before, others like me for the first), chatting away. In tow, our trailer full of boxes and bags of books, clothing, electrical equipment, educational resources… (I think there are some personal items in there too!). We’re all taking a resource box each, on top of our out luggage packed with goodies!
Tikupita ku Heathrow!
Chichewa – We go to Heathrow! (Anyone out there feels my Chichewa needs correcting, please don’t hesitate!)
Gifts, donations… I like ‘boxes of kindness’ We all pitched in with (and asked our family, friends, work colleagues for) resources and knick-knacks.
It’s not all mine… As well as some personal items, there are also footballs, football kit, wind up torches, reading specs, teaching resources (including our student-created photo packs!), mosquito nets…
On our way!
Published by Kit Marie Rackley (they/she)
Kit Marie Rackley (they/she) is an award-winning ex high-school Geography teacher in the UK. Throughout that time and continuing today, Kit Marie provides teacher continuous professional development (CPD) and training, which previously included a role as Associate Tutor for the School of Education at the University of East Anglia.
Kit Marie has worked as an education consultant and project manager with climate and energy scientists, including researchers based at NOAA Boulder, Colorado and as an educator and trainer at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, California, and is now freelance consultant with the UK’s Geographical Association and the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT). They are a published educational author, including works with National Geographic Kids and Diverse Educators.
Kit Marie is a strong and passionate advocate of youth voice and empowerment, decolonising the curriculum, and inclusive and intersectional education. Much of their work revolves around the climate crisis, focusing around framing it as a school safeguarding issue. Kit Marie runs an educational resource blog at Geogramblings.com, and is host and producer of the Coffee & Geography podcast.
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