Kileva Eastfield kids learn about elephants & bees
Regular readers of this blog will know that earlier this year the Elephants and Bees organisation (part of Save The Elephants) opened a Research Centre near the Kileva Eastfield School. Below is a report from Mr George (one of the school teachers) regarding a recent visit made to the school by one of the international interns from the research centre, namely Clementine (Clemmie) St John Webster. This is followed by a copy of an entry from the Elephants and Bees blog site of the visit in Clemmie’s own words.
I hope you enjoy reading these as much as Clemmie and the kids enjoyed the visit!
Report from Mr George
Blog by International Intern, Clementine St John Webster
The village school in Mwakoma is incredibly simplistic but despite this, it feels colourful. This is down to the wide eyed and grinning faces that greet me. Kids running between class rooms, leaning out of doors, standing on tiptoes to look as I walk through and all are beaming.
My first class was with the whole upper part of the school around 40 kids aged 8-13. They all squeezed on to desks each with their own pencil clasped in their hands. As I entered they stood and greeted me. I forgot to tell them to sit, so all politely remained standing as I introduced myself and started to talk about what I was going to teach them about until I suddenly realised.
I first brought out one of the Disney-donated posters of an elephant, it was amazing to see their eyes widen with awe and excitement at the picture. I asked who knew anything about elephants for example how old do they live till? At first no one put their hand up, but after a while a tentative hand went and whispered a number, I awarded the girl with an animal trump card for being brave enough to speak up. From then onwards the sky was full of hands eager to be chosen.
The posters were wonderful and very interesting. When talking earlier it was clear that most of the kids did know about the dangers of elephants but little knew about the positives. However the posters showed they had inhaled the information about the positives of elephants and were keen to show them in their drawings.
On my second visit to the school I was given a lower school class. All stood about a meter away from me as I started to talk. Again, when I got out the huge Disney elephant posters there were gasps. I continued covering the same topics as the previous class and awarding trump cards to the brave. As I talked, the kids got closer and closer until all were huddled around me staring upwards. Again we did the poster competition but this time they also had coloured pencils adding to the brilliance of the drawings. William, Mathew and Peninah were the winners and were all given bright, colourful Disney Conservation Club t-shirts ……..in both cases, I loved every second of the classes and I hope to go back next week.