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School Daze Part 4: Technical Difficulties

This post has been sitting as a draft since the start of our last week in the school.  I have completed it today, and I will be posting a follow-up with some of my thoughts about the project in the … Continue reading

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Into the wild…

We’re just back from a week of travelling – exploring the Karoo and the Western Cape. The Karoo is a vast semi-desert region in the Northern and Western Cape. As some of you may know, Niall has something of a … Continue reading

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An Important Milestone

Given the last few posts, you’d be forgiven for thinking that I spend most of my time in the classroom trying to wrest the tattered remains of my sanity from a horde of unruly kids; In reality, most of my … Continue reading

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School Daze Part 2: The Calm

After a week with the computers, I was beginning to feel like I wasn’t in a school, despite the scream mass of childer running around me at break times.  I said to our headmaster that I’d like to spend a … Continue reading

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This is Cape Town, izzit?

It’s a week since we arrived in Cape Town.  Athlone to be precise… We’ve spent this past week getting to know our project and our host family and learning how to say baie lekker, a phrase we’ve had to make ample … Continue reading

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Why go back?

In one month’s time, I will be in South Africa. This is my fifth trip to the continent. It’s been nearly five years sine I’ve been in Africa – that trip, in Autumn 2007, was also to Cape Town and … Continue reading

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Naiveté

My politics have always been informed by a sort of naive idealism.  I find it really hard to shake the notion that was embedded in my mind from a young age that people are basically decent, and that the world … Continue reading

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