Students

01
Feb

Students Neema and Christina learned to knit

By: Ann
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Students Neema and Christina learned to knit from our Volunteer Teacher and Painter, Marilyn Meller, as part of Amka's Vocational Skills curriculum. Few people in Tanzania know how to knit. Marilyn has been very successful at teaching this skill, and her students are hoping to sell the baby booties to Amka parents and at the Babati market.

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27
Jan

Northern Illinois University (NIU) Student-Teacher and Amka Students

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NIU senior Lucia Hoffman is student-teaching for eight weeks this term in the early childhood classrooms at Amka. Prepared by NIU to begin where her students are, Lucia has already assessed their level of readiness and will soon be teaching her first lessons. Amka students bring a rich home culture to school, but one that does not match up with the state curriculum. Also, they are quite different from middle class suburban preschoolers in America. In addition to these challenges, Lucia is working in two languages. What an experience and what an adventure!

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27
Jan

New Students are Now Learning at Amka

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Amka's enrollment reached 101 in January, as parents enrolled 35 new students. Official recognition by the Ministry of Education in November has added to Amka's reputation. The rapid expansion of students has brought all sorts of challenges - and not just keeping the boys out of the fresh paint

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15
Nov

After three hours, our new friends must move on.

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Judy McAtee and her group of travelers: Alice, Nancy, Jan, Sherrie, Janet, Phyllis, Dottie and Carol....and Chui (leopard in Kiswahili). They shared their love of learning and let a group of Tanzanian children know that there are people in the world who care about the quality of the education they are receiving. They backed up that message with nine suitcases of school supplies and donations that will be used for scholarships, construction and to help pay for the new school bus. Three hours and a suitcase may not have seemed like much to each visitor, but they had a huge impact at Amka.

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28
Oct

Knitting

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Christina and Queenie learned to knit with visitor Marilyn last June. Now, Jan teaches them to purl! They're making dishclothes to sell and small bags to wear. Also, knitting has provided hours of fun at the hostel.

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09
Oct

Sharing Books

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Janet and Dottie wanted to share books. Class 2 and Teacher Violet loved every one!

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01
Oct

Class 3 and 4 are learning fractions

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Class 3 and 4 are learning fractions, just like kids everywhere. Thanks to donations from Amka Afrika’s friends, these students learned with paper and scissors, which are not available in most other schools in the area. Nancy used the strips to teach fractions game that helped all students master the concepts.

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16
Sep

Sherrie Benson

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Sherrie Benson, who documented the group’s visit, had lots of fun with Paschalina, teacher of the Nursery Class, and her students.

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04
Sep

Educators led by Judy McAtee

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In September, nine educators visited Amka Afrika led by Judy McAtee. Like Phyllis DiFrancesco pictured here, they stepped right into our classrooms and taught lessons we had planned during August. They also brought nine suitcases full of very welcome school supplies and donations!

Students in Class One clapped in rhythm and learned to sing “Where is Thumbkin?” from Phyllis. Everyone in the class now knows where Thumbkin is, and they won’t forget.

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14
Jan

1/14/2012 - Science Class

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Science Class

Friday, the end of the first week of the new term at Amka. After three periods of study and a break for tea and bread, we all had science class. Today’s topic, forces of flying…. with kites!

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