Week 3: Gender and Development, Coupled with Foreign Investment/Aid

Tuesday 6/12–

I just want to start out by saying I am sorry I have been so belated in my blogging. I have been extremely busy lately! Not to worry, I journal and keep my own notes so that my blog will not be lacking.

The theme for class today was Gender and Development. After discussing feminism in the morning as a class, along with the roles of women, we went to a local NGO, Sister Namibia. Sister Namibia publishes four magazines a year and does community outreach all over the country of Namibia. They helped to get the first woman elected to office in the Namibian Parliament by explaining to people in rural areas why it is important to have both sexes recognized in leadership roles. Also, Sister Namibia can be found online at: http://www.sisternamibia.org/

They had a lot of great things to say, and I know I plan on subscribing to their magazine. After lunch, we had an urban homestay reflection with our internship adviser Nespect, and Sara, our homestay coordinator.

Wednesday 6/13–

Today I was with the 6 year old class and did the following lesson: (taken from my lesson plans)

Lesson Plan: Family and Home

Target Age Group: 6 years old

Time allotted: 45 minutes-1 hour

Materials:

  • White computer paper
  • Colored pencils

Learning Objectives:

  • Teach children the different members of the family (father, mother, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousins, grandparents, family friends)
  • Teach children how to draw a home

Chronological plan for lesson:

  • Explain to children the assignment (to draw their house and the people that live in it)
  • Pass out materials
  • Help explain to children having trouble during drawing time period on an individual basis
  • When children hand in drawing, have them explain who each person is in the home

Observations:

  • Children had trouble at first understanding the directions
  • Some children didn’t draw some people in their family, this was only noticed after asking each child who lived in their home
  • Most houses were drawn as squares and rectangles, much like the informal unsettlement housing structures of Katatura, compared to the stereotypical A-frame American home

Assessment:

  • All children completed the drawing and took home to family
  • Full time teacher of class received feedback from some members of the community where the children live that the drawings were nice to have at home

Thursday 6/14–

Today I was with the Adult Learners and did this lesson from the lesson plans:

Lesson Plan: Family Adult Literacy, Math

Target Age Group: 20-50 years old

Time allotted: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Materials:

  • Notebook paper
  • Pencils
  • Chalkboard and chalk

Learning Objectives:

  • Teach adult learners basic math skills
  • Teach adult learners different operations of math: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Chronological plan for lesson:

  • Write one example of each operation of math on the board and talk them through the steps
  • Have adult learners write down the examples and the work
  • Assign a set of four problems for both subtraction and addition for all learners to do on their own in class
  • Go over as a class aloud for the answers to the eight problems
  • Assign a set of four problems for both multiplication and division for all learners to do on their own in class
  • Go over as a class aloud for the answers to the eight problems
  • Assign a set of twelve problems, four of each operation, to be completed for correctness for homework. To be checked in one week.

Observations:

  • Majority of adults had trouble understanding directions, so had to have someone translate
  • Adult learners write very slowly
  • Adult learners have a hard time differentiating between the addition and subtraction sign
  • Majority of adult learners know how to do basic subtraction and addition, but not the higher operations of multiplication and division

Assessment:

  • When checked the homework the following week, the adult learners that got some right, typically got them all right, with the exception of division
  • The adult learners that struggled in class had a lot of incorrect answers in both multiplication and division
  • Most people got the addition and subtraction correct
  • All incorrect problems were reassigned with different numbers to be done for the following week

Later that afternoon, The New Era newspaper here in Windhoek brought HISA some apples. Apparently, The Namibian brings apples and other donations every other week or so, which is something I have witnessed, so the New Era decided to bring Apples and take pictures so that they could publicize in their paper that they also did some good deeds. Although the politics behind the whole thing is not so good, the kids got food and that was my only concern.

Friday 6/15–

Today’s class was spent discussing Foreign Investment and Aid. We discussed the rise of postcolonial states as donors being a challenge, dead aid and how it is not working, and an interesting article from the Namibian Newspaper. After our class, Linda, our professor, took us to the USAID, Namibia. We spoke with the Program Director, one of five americans at this office of about 30. She is retiring next year, so she told us about the many countries she lived in serving the US Gov’t as USAID and what USAID does for people here in Namibia. Their Policy Framework for 2011-2015 has 7 core development objectives, for example, number one is to increase food security (which is something else we studied here in Namibia). Another mentionable objective is number 2: Promote Global Health and Strong Health Systems: From Treating Diseases to Treating People. We talked a lot about HIV/AIDS and how USAID helps aid Namibia in combating the disease. They have given Namibia 100 million dollars just to help with health services to prevent the future spread of HIV, and the current availability of ARV drugs to current HIV positive people here. In Namibia, 15% of the population is known to be infected with this disease.  Our conversation was very educational, and I would love to discuss it more if anyone has any questions.

After lunch we went to the only recycling plant in Namibia, Rent-A-Drum.

 

This family business started in South Africa, where there are now four branches, and Namibia is the only other sub sahara country in Africa that has this waste management system of recycling. Although is is not readily available throughout the whole country, the capital has access to it, and that is where the majority of the population lies for now. The waste management system is done by people that pick out the 11 different materials that they recycle by hand. They actually let us walk into the factory side of things and go right up the stairs and stand in the line. We also got to take out some frustration and throw a few glass bottles at the wall.

Saturday 6/16—

Today we went to a Namibian National soccer game as a full crew! We went and saw a qualifier for the African World Cup: Namibia vs. Liberia. The game was  a nail bitter, but ended in a tie, 0-0.

I do have to give it up to the Namibian fans- they have hearts that bleed green, blue, and red! It brings me back to my maroon and gold pride, hmm….I miss Gannon.

Sunday 6/17—

Happy Father’s Day to all of the father’s out there. I know that today the only thing I did was homework, reading, worked on a few projects, and most importantly- skyped my father! I want to give my dad, Second Shift Ray, a shout: I love you dad! Happy Father’s Day (again), can’t wait to come home and take you to Suzie Q’s for our belated Father’s Day celebration.

 

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