Why Organizations & Volunteer Teachers Change Lives in Africa

Sitting in Tamazalak, Nigeria sits a school that was founded by a Belgian organization in during the late 1980s. While the organization managed to build the classrooms, dining hall, and kitchen, they were not able to continue construction due to the Tuareg rebellion.

The school for nomadic children allows families to choose one child to live at the school to study while the family is out on migration. Its boarding facilities and people provide students with food as well as a garden with cows to help feed the children.

As true as many would say, volunteering as a teacher in Nigeria will leave an everlasting impression and engrave in your heart by at last one student. It is the positivity energy, fresh new face, and creative motivation that will inspire you to instill education in such young beings and lead them to their belief and confidence that they can do whatever they put their mind to and be what they hope to be someday.

Africa is filled with optimism and the willing to change. These notions come with the reflection of schools and their students. The school system in Nigeria is diverse with private schools and run-down classrooms with low staff and poor resources. That is where the demand for volunteer teachers comes in. It is through teaching that students can learn things they must know to help them gain a better education and a brighter future.

It is through volunteers and donations that students will get the most opportunities in school as the Nigerian government provides less for the provision of teachers. In schools with only enough room for 60 students, quickly turn into more than 100 students. Due to such crowded circumstances, these students are forced to share desks, sit on the floor or even the desk to find room.

During trips to Africa, volunteers who work with organizations will host a variety of clinics to different villages in efforts to spread health awareness to any many villagers as possible. Over the course of these trips, more than 1,500 patients come to seek health assistance.

Another important reason why organizations and volunteers change lives in Africa is through education in the important of education and proper health. It is through such organizations that help lead communities to become healthier and develop their motivation to raise education and awareness. With that, come volunteers who are ready and willing to give health demonstrations and visit schools to educate the youth.

Not only do organizations help improve the lives of those who need it the most, it is the same people who come from different cultures and backgrounds that share in community lunches, traditional dances, and the cultural exchange that enlightens volunteers of the meaning of life. Through these experiences, both families and volunteers can become a closer global community and brighten the future.

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4 Things Teachers Should Know Before Volunteering in Africa

The African classroom is unlike any other classroom you will find anywhere in the world. While this sounds a little biased, it is a result of various extenuating circumstances. In Africa, you will find children with the utmost appreciation for teachers in nearly every classroom you visit in Africa.

Here are 4 things teachers should know before volunteering in Africa.

Africa has limited educational resources

In Africa, the general class ration is higher than you might have imagined. With an overwhelming number of as many as 60 children per teacher, the one-on-one levels of education make it much more difficult for students who have trouble with comprehension. This prevents students from reaching their full potential and attention needed to progress. Unfortunately, the school system has a literacy rate of less than 50%.

Depending on the school and where you teach, the number of school desks and chairs will vary and often be less than the needed amount for students. This forces students to sit on the floor, share chairs, and even on the desks. There is also a limited supply of materials and textbooks, which causes lessons to take much longer than you would expect.

Their outside lives shows within the classroom

Most students attending township schools often come from low-economic backgrounds and struggle with poor home environments. As a volunteer teacher, you will need to be prepared on how to deal with such experiences and difficulties in learning. Students many often complain of hunger, because they were not able to eat breakfast or dinner the night before. As a result, fatigue and low sense of energy will not be uncommon.

In fact, many students will travel long distances to attend such schools and end up traveling for as many as three hours each way.

Backgrounds will vary

Africa is a melting pot of different cultures and people. With this fact, it makes it such an interesting place to teach. Students will have different views and responses to the situation. With that said, the key is to embrace the new culture through sights, sounds, and opportunities.

It is important to remember that while English is taught as the official language in politics and business, it isn’t the same in Africa. In fact, English is rarely used in most areas in comparison to native languages such as Zulu and Xhosa. It is important to note that while you may be teaching English in Africa, you will need to expand your language skills.

The communities welcome foreign teachers

While there is a negative perception of the characters you meet on the streets, the community respects volunteer teachers who try to help improve their children’s education and the conditions of the community. You must prepare for sudden invitations, small talk, and conversations with children. Allow yourself to enjoy some of the life’s simple pleasures and challenge yourself to experience the incredible depths of teaching.

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