Translating Swahili to English @ Remand Home

Activity Report

Location: Remand Home
Activity Date: 30.01.2024
Start Time: 10:00 AM   End Time: 12:00 PM

Facilitators: Johannes
Number of Participants: 15
Male: 12   Female: 3

Activity Purpose/ Summary:
We continue the successful work that has started the past weeks. This report covers two activities of the same kind as part of a string (Tue, 30.01. / Fri, 02.02.). Like the past weeks, it is still a very helpful approach to work with a (beginner’s) dictionary that allows the students to find the questioned English term based on Swahili.

Personnel Input:
The beginner’s dictionary book, introduced weeks ago, is a very good help. Once again, excerpts from the book were used as pictures on a computer and/or were written down on a whiteboard to interact with the students. As usual, some sweets and candies were used as a kind of reward for successful participation. As before, once a student has named the English term correctly AND was able to write it down on the white board in front of the class – he or she gets rewarded by receiving a candy provided by the volunteer.

Students are more than happy to take part and – as usual – fair play matters. Everyone shall have a chance to be active – to pronounce and write down the respective English term in front of the group. This approach continuously helps to increase children’s self-confidence as well as to understand and practice the concept of fair play – another good side effect. The following topics were covered: transportation, school (not yet tested). Students got very used to receive sweets and they can’t wait for the class once the volunteers / Better Me shows up. Based on students feedback the current sessions are highly appreciated.

Unanticipated Achievements:
Exam results remain very good. It does not seem to be a short-term effect. Most of the students seem to be well prepared for the exams, some of them constantly deliver great results and might be slightly disappointed about themselves once they do not reach accurately correct results by 100%.

A student reached out to the volunteer, asking for support since he (the student) will celebrate his birthday next weekend.

Supporting Partners:

January 30, 2024

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