Teacher Trades Classroom For Sierra Leone
11 June 2012
Salford City College Science Teacher Jane Bentham is ditching her cosy classroom to embark on a two week long teaching expedition to Sierra Leone in June 2012.
This will be the first time Jane has travelled to the African country, where she will spend her time teaching Integrated Science, Chemistry, Biology and Maths to secondary school children of all ages.
The trip is organised by British education charity Extra Mile which helps to bring education to the street children of war-torn Sierra Leone. Their ten year mission is to recruit volunteers to teach in English-speaking schools, help train its teachers and open its own ‘free’ school.
This is a self-funded trip, but Jane is looking to fundraise some extra money which will be used to buy resources for the students, and will be donated as part of a fund being used to build a new school which will provide free education (which doesn’t exist at the moment), and will employ local staff and volunteers.
Jane said; “I’m really looking forward to the trip in June; this is the first time that the school I am visiting has had a volunteer so it will be a brand new experience for all of us. Extra Mile is an amazing charity and I’m really proud that I can help just by doing my day job!
“I’ve been told the children are enthusiastic and willing to learn; it should be a wonderful environment to teach in, but it does make you realise how much we take our educational resources for granted here in the UK. I will have a free weekend whilst I am out in Sierra Leone and am hoping to be able to spend some time further down the coast, to see a bit more of the surrounding countryside.
“The style of learning out in Sierra Leone is completely different to back in the UK. I’m hoping I can introduce them to novel types of activities, ways of learning, and wow them a bit!”