Saturday, 27 July 2019

On the way

Dear all - just a short note to let you know that the boys are now waiting at KIA lodge, ready to make the short drive to the airport for the flight home early tomorrow morning. They have had a great day and are looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Team Inspire

Here are some final photos from the cultural evening at Gehandu School:

Friday, 26 July 2019

Leaving Ceremony...

Today we had a refreshing lie in for most waking up at 8:45, about an hour later than usual. Although some members of the group boldly decided to opt for the 5:20 wakeup so that they could join the Gehandu students on their daily morning run. Breakfast was all the classics. There were hard boiled eggs, bread and mandazi with honey and peanut butter laid out on each table. I went for an egg sandwich with a coffee to start the final day at Gehandu.

 We all retired back to our rooms for our final practice of “shut up”,”hey Jude”, “Stan” and “Jerusalem” before coming back at 10:30 to start cultural assembly. Fortunately, the Gehandu students, using tarpaulin and cloth, built a stage for the Radley boys and other honoured guests to sit in the shade at during the 5 hour procession. While the rest of the school sat in a semi-circle around the stage. There were numerous heartfelt speeches from both Radley and Gehandu. Gehandu expressing their deepest thanks for all the efforts and support over the 9 years they’ve spent in partnership and suggesting that Radley even stayed longer than a week next year as they are always welcome guests in Gehandu.

The acts were abundant and highly varied each form singing and dancing in their own style and Radley, although lacking in vocal ability they definitely made up in their confidence and energy that they brought to each act. After a vibrant performance of Jerusalem and a few more kind words from the Gehandu teachers and a gift giving ceremony where the Radleians and our teachers were given polo shirts embodied with the Gehandu crest. After a school wide disco, during which the stage was taken down by the students and where pictures were taken with each Radley boy by the students, lasting about an hour, it was time for our final football match and a chance to secure a win against every team Gehandu had put against us.

From the kick off Radley was 1-0 up against the toughest team they had faced. After Harry Ward scored from the halfway line, arcing through the air and bouncing over the Gehandu goal keepers head. This gave some very necessary breathing room as the first half was a dead stalemate neither side could take a clear shot on target at each goal. It was neck and neck in terms of ability and aggression. After a 2 minute team talk from “Mr Mark” our coach the match was back on. Both teams giving their all in each tackle and aerial play. A free kick was given just past the halfway line from a hand-ball in the tackle and it was taken by Benson a Gehandu teacher that was luckily playing for us to give us an equal chance against such tough opponents. From a running start Benson cleared it over the wall and as it bounced on the uneven Tanzanian grass it changed path curving to the right around the goal keepers grasp, securing a 2-0 victory as the rest of the match continued in its stalemate fashion neither side giving the other an opportunity to make a break. 
Overall I would summarise the Tanzanian experience being a tough but very rewarding trip, looking back it hasn’t been easy at all and there has been many ups and downs but I personally believe that the trip has given me experiences and has taught me more than any other trip that I’ve been on at Radley or otherwise. 

Harry Ward

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Final day of lessons and home visits

So, as for our final day we woke up to a final day of lessons at different times so some of us were able to make the lunch that day who were Lewis, Ben, Harry from group 4 and Justin, James and Mark from group 5. For the rest of us we had our lessons after our second breakfast. Therefore we helped prepare supper which included steaming the rice and helping stir. After all of our final lessons we were treated to a delicious lunch. After that we were taken by some Gehandu students for the home visits. I was lucky enough to be granted one of the shorter walks to Titiwi at the primary school which was a very interesting experience. There was a simple one story, three bedroom house - a bedroom for the parents, female children and another for the male children. A separate building is split into a space for cooking and housing animals in the nights to protect from hyena attack. It was a great experience to see how the Gehandu students live. When we got back we had dinner with some of the pen pals and went to rehearse for tomorrow’s assembly.

- josh wheeler

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Project work continues

Today marked the start of the new dorms for the boys, being in separate rooms of 3 rather than living in 4 man open rooms leading off a corridor. This allowed the form 5 boys to move out of classrooms and into the rooms.

At 7 O’clock breakfast was followed by 10 minutes of litter picking. A Swahili lesson followed, taught by form 6 girls. The group learned about foods and lesson instructions.  After this, library and IT sessions filled the morning until 2nd breakfast. Three of the teams taught today, teaching forms 2a, 2b and 4b, meaning that now all the boys have now taught 3 80 minute lessons.

Lunch followed which was helped to be prepared and served by Justin, James, Harry (Moore), Ben, Lewis and Mark; Trying the students food was an experience for all! In the afternoon, cultural assembly rehearsals took place and the Radley-Gehandu chronicle continues to take shape. Supper was helped to be prepared by Harry (Ward) and Gus.

Blog by James

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Sporting success

Yet again we were woken up by the ever-amazing sound of Mr Jewell’s alarm at 6:45. Then after a long 15 minutes we all made it breakfast by 7:00, which was followed by some chores at 7:15, this included sweeping leaves or watering the plants. 

When this was finished we made a 20 minute walk through the scenic agricultural land surrounding Gehandu school to the local primary school, where we were met by a flood of  young children aged 5 through 10. After singing various nursery rhymes and a failed game of “Mingle”, we played volleyball against some of the kids and teachers, and though it was unclear who won or lost, the Radleians put up a strong showing considering none of us had never played before.  Everyone got a chance to play with rolling subs but when subbed off you were vulnerable to being mobbed by the children and your hair being grabbed.

After getting back, everyone taught 80-minute lessons to around 50 Gehandu students and we played another football match against some of the Gehandu students and some of their teachers, but this time it was a full 90minute match. With Mr Jewell in goal we managed to win 5-4 with a brace from Lewis and goals from Harry, Ivor and myself.

Blog by Ben

Monday, 22 July 2019

Developing our teaching

Today, at Gehandu School we were woken up by the sound of Mr. Jewel and his alarm. We then went to breakfast and were shortly after greeted by the assembly of the Gehandu students. In this assembly patriotic songs were sung by order of the government. We then shortly partook in planning a lesson, then taught IT for and were read books in the library.

After break we then taught our lesson which we had planned earlier in the day. This went well, however, after convercing with Mr. Jewel we saw our issues and we are hoping to improve when we teach our lesson tomorrow we will hopefully improve on the issues that were brought up, this mainly was the clarity of our instructions.

We then headed, after lunch, to a local market and this evening I had a meeting with my pen pal. This was very rewarding as I got to learn more about their daily lives as they did to us.

Finally, today we also started on our school newspaper in tandem with the Gehandu students. I created a word search which was half English and half Swahili. Even Mrs. Milanova struggled with the words. Tomorrow, we visit the primary school which is exciting.

Sam Hughes

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Church and climbing...

We started the day of early with a 6 am wakeup and after a quick breakfast we got into the bus and went to the church. It was a great building with around 2,000 people inside and at the end of the 2 hour 30 minute service we were called up to the front as Mr. Jewell gave a speech in Swahili (though rough).

After the service we walked to the seminary for second breakfast and saw what it was like and then headed off to a nearby mountain which we climbed with our pen pals. It took us a few hours in the scorching heat and after hours of walking we got to the top then bottom again with slightly burnt necks and faces. We went back to Gehandu and had a shower, played cards, had supper and organised the newspaper which we will be writing.