Africa Service Trip Advisor, Howard Stickley asked ES teachers Mara Bernasconi and Julia Wilkins to arrange for HS students to practice teaching lessons in the elementary school. This summer these same HS students will find themselves in front of classrooms in Africa. ES teachers, Carol Hinchcliff, Caroline Colombo, Milena Sindona, and Julia Wilkins welcomed the opportunity to let the work with the High School.
The Africa Service Trip will be going to Zambia and Botswana in June and will be teaching and running activities at a pre-school in Livingstone and at an Elementary School in the remote Western Province. TASIS students needed to practice and prepare for teaching in Africa. In addition to teaching, the TASIS Africa Service group will also be organizing a leadership workshop for students from a remote high school.
The HS students began their practice teaching at the ES by sitting in on classes to get a feel for teaching young children and later progressed to teaching classes themselves. Through this training the TASIS HS students improved their teaching skills, formulated ideas for lessons, and prepared materials to take with them this summer.
This experience has been a wonderful example of collaboration. It has brought a heightened awareness of Africa’s needs within the TASIS community, and HS students have benefited by gaining experience in the classroom while connecting with younger TASIS students. The TASIS ES children see the older students around campus all the time, and having had them visit and teach their classes they now have closer bonds with each other.