The first two weeks we have been reading, reading reading !!!! meeting people, meeting people, meeting people!!!! It's normally like that at the beginning of a placement until you find your feet. We work in a very small but busy office and the staff have much to do. Things are looking up because now we have a list of schools and we have learned about some of the protocols and have started visiting schools and speaking with Headteachers.
In Rwanda, primary schools do double shifts to reduce class sizes, so there are two cohorts of children - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There are some new schools with nine years basic education - Groupe Scolaire and the secondary departments work through the day withouit double shifting. We visited a primary school with a headteacher with amazing enthusiasm and such happy children with the biggest smiles you have ever seen. Our spirits have been seriously lifted by starting to do what we came here to do. We have both made appointments to do specific work in certain schools so slowly it is starting to take off.
Next week, Mary will be going to Kibungo to meet with two more experienced volunteers to shadow there work for a day and I will have some work to do with potential Group Scolaire Headteachers.