The first day of teaching: Ignatians in Tanzania


Boys of St Ignatius College, Enfield teach in Dodoma, Tanzania

The day had finally come; the day we students make our transition from Students to Teachers. Needless to say we appreciate our teachers a bit more for what they do after yesterday (Not too much though, of course). We as teachers taught pupils of the various ages and educating them about our respective subjects (well… we at least tried to). 

Frank, Liam and I went for a Messi, Iniesta and Xavi (The 3 Musketeers) approach to our lessons, with me being Messi of course! In all truth we took it in turns to lead lessons that we had prepared. Frank was first, leading a very impressive lesson on first aid to standard 3 (Our version of year 3). I then took a Geography lesson on map skills to the same class. After a well-earned 40 minutes break, we continued our rigorous teaching schedule. This time to a studious standard 5 class, where all three of us shared a lesson on ecosystems (biology) and Liam took a Geography lesson on the countries of Africa.

However… we made the biggest mistake of our short teaching lives…giving the students work that required marking. At the end of each lesson we received a pile of books reminiscent of the famous mountain in the country we’re currently calling home. Never in our lives had we done something so boring and draining! Each tick, each cross, each page turn, slowly sapped away a bit of our lives. No wonder teachers are so bitter (NO NAMES).

St Ignatius prep and primary school in Dodoma, TanzaniaOverall, the teachers of the school were very impressed by the standard of teaching from all 16 of us, whether we were storytelling to younger children or teaching older children on what we have learned in England. Hopefully this standard of teaching will continue until we have finished teaching here at St. Ignatius Prep & Primary School and we can look back on ourselves feeling proud that we have done something to benefit others by living up to the school motto of being a true ‘Man For Others’.

PS. Apologies for this post from myself and Mr Jeffery for this post being so personal, as I could only really comment on my teaching experience, but after discussions with other students on the trip our feelings were quite mutual.

Post by Subomi Chris Kushanu