How a group of teachers from the UK rocked a maths class in rural Zambia… with the help of Freddie Mercury and Queen.
The challenges facing Zambian teachers are huge. They have few resources, little to no pay and overcrowded classrooms.
Tearfund Go volunteers, James and Cathryn, watched some of Zambia’s dedicated teachers at work and offered them a few tips and tricks to make their lives easier.
‘The school staff we worked with are inspiringly passionate and dedicated, but there is very little funding,’ explains student and Tearfund Go volunteer James. ‘Basic resources such as paper or chalk are in short supply. One teacher shared that she has a class of 85 children. That creates a space problem. Children are often crammed three or four to a desk, and sometimes even have to sit on the floor.’
‘The community school teachers have very little training,’ adds fellow teacher Cathryn. ‘The main method of teaching in Zambia is through rote learning, which focuses on memorising facts through repetition.
‘It was a real privilege to encourage the teachers with interactive teaching methods.We wanted to bring a bit of energy and excitement into the classroom.’