A language lesson for Lotte
June 27 2014

When Antelope Park community volunteers from around the world visit Mkoba 4 Primary School in Gweru, one of the things the students enjoy doing is teaching their new friends some words in their own language.  Shona is the local dialect, spoken by a large percentage of Zimbabweans.  So not only do our volunteers try to be good teachers, they try to be good learners too!  Here is what Lotte van Oorschot, a volunteers from the Netherlands had to say about her day at Mkoba 4 Primary School:

‘Today we went to the Special Needs Class in Mkoba 4 Primary School.  When we arrived the children were doing Shona.  We can’t really help them with that, so I just made sure everyone was working and concentrating. When the first children were done, they taught me some words in Shona.  The children like it when they can teach you something.  During the break Hannah and I went to see the youngest children of the school and played with them.  After the break, we split the class into three groups and Hannah and I did the third group.  We did a few exercises to improve their vocabulary.  Some of them went really well and some were harder for them.  Eventually everyone understood it very well and it felt like Hannah and I did a good job!’

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