Goals #3: Accountancy

When one of the eighth graders stood before the class and proudly proclaimed his ambition to become an accountant, I was surprised. In such a community as this, I wondered if there was any need for such a role: there was no bank, no electricity even, and matters of taxation and compensation were meted out…

Goal #2: Teachers

GOAL-SETTING 101 CONTINUED… I arrived in Zambia equipped with a suitcase full of toiletries and a handful of expectations. I expected poverty and hunger, poor healthcare and inequality. I completely neglected to consider the reason I was there: education. Of all of the issues that affect the developing world, I had previously given the least thought…

Goal #1: “I want to be a royal”

Goal-setting 101 continued… Why not ease ourselves into my series of Goals posts with a humorous anecdote? As the 8th Grade class jotted down their answers to the question What is a goal you have for your future and what will you do to achieve it? I wafted about from pupil to pupil, reading over their shoulders and providing…

Goal-setting 101

As it dawned on me that my being in Zambia had a time limit I started to worry about the sustainability of our work in the community. During exam week, when the children were either revising, bored or both, I went to the school with Moono, an ICS colleague, to teach Grade 8 for an…