Lessons In Uganda

I have been fortunate enough to be on a two week secondment with CTF in Uganda Africa. This is my sixth visit to Africa and first to Uganda. I am working with a partner who is very knowledgeable on many countries of Africa and has spent a lifetime working in various capacities on the continent. Our purpose is in mobilizing communities to harness the skills and knowledge that exists in their people while building capacity in their primary schools. Needless to say, I am learning far more than I am able to share from my Canadian perspective. Here is a list of lessons I have gathered while in Uganda.  

The first lessons is on creative thinking and ingenuity. There was not a day that passed that I did not sit back and watch innovation and thinking outside of the box at its best. The following photos will help show you the brilliance and creativity of  the people of Uganda.

A Primary 1 classroom alphabet.

A Primary 1 classroom alphabet.

Banana leaves being used for plates as well as to cover the food to keep it hot and free of bugs.

Banana leaves being used for plates as well as to cover the food to keep it hot and free of bugs.

A local soccer ball.

A local soccer ball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second lesson that was instilled in me was gratitude. One only has to see places in the world where not everyone lives in an equitable way or has the daily necessities of life to understand just how fortunate Canadians are. The following photos will depict some of the scenarios I came upon during my visit.

A primary classroom I spent time visiting in.

A primary classroom I spent time visiting in.

A temporary orphanage being run by the Head Teacher at her school. This housed 9 young boys.

A temporary orphanage being run by the Head Teacher at her school. This housed 9 young boys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third and probably most profound lesson I experienced, was that happiness is a state of mind that is dependent on how you live life and not what you have. As Sheryl Crow’s song chorus goes, “It is not having what you want, it is wanting what you got”.

The smile of a child reminds us all about how important it is to take time to be happy.

The smile of a child reminds us all about how important it is to take time to be happy.

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Updated: April 4, 2017 — 1:17 am

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Mike Beetham

I am currently entering my 32nd year of teaching and work with the Waterloo Region District School Board in an area behaviour class. I am actively involved with ETFO at both the local and provincial level. My passions are my family, teaching, the outdoors and personal fitness.

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