Young computer users amaze African teacher

MCBW - 07-10-11 - Uganadan teacher Harriet Bawaira on exchange at Silverstone Primary
MCBW - 07-10-11 - Uganadan teacher Harriet Bawaira on exchange at Silverstone Primary

AN African teacher, whose black board is black paint on the walls of a windowless school room, spoke of her amazement at being handed a computer generated bouquet of flowers during a visit to Silverstone Primary School last week.

Harriet Bawaira of the JOY (Jesus, Others and Yourself) Primary School, Jinja District, Uganda was among six African teachers who were part of an exchange funded by the British Council. Teachers from six Northants School visited Ugandan during the spring half term.

During her visit Ms Bawaira was taken to seaside for the first time and was able to visit the House of Commons, a privilege which she said she could not enjoy in her own capitol.

Last Friday she was presented with gifts including toys and teaching materials for herself, colleagues and children at JOY school. As she thanked pupils for the gifts she said she had many stories to relay back to her own students.

Ms Bawaira said: “One of the stories is how children in England play and work on computer. That is very different to Uganda where there are very few computers. Children might not see a computer until they go to university.

“One little girl gave me a print out of flowers she had made on the computer, that really amazed me.”

Ms Knight said: “The idea of the exchange is that schools in England link with schools in other countries and build friendships and learn about other cultures. “

Ms Knight said they are already planning a another trip to Africa to build on their new friendships.