Deputy Head Mrs Pindura teaches English at the school. She sent this picture of one of her classes to show what it is like for her students.
In Zimbabwe, children attend Primary school Grades 1-7, then Secondary school Forms 1-4. Form 1 students will be aged around 13-14.
In the class shown there are 36 students, learning about sentence structure in English, which not their first language – that is Shona, the language of over 70% of Zimbaweans. The basic structure being subject plus verb plus object i.e. Tendai married a beautiful girl.
As you can see, ‘chalk and talk’ is still widely used for teaching here, little changed from my experiences there 30 years ago. Please help these students be the first to experience new teaching methods using more modern facilities