Well this long-awaited and much-anticipated meeting with education big wigs finally happened yesterday (23rd). How do you address officials from the Ministry of Education, National Curriculum Development Centre, university and teaching college representatives and other literacy consultants? Why with a sock puppet, some singing, and stickers of course 🙂 The main reason of the meeting was to give some feedback on a reading program which (in my vocal opinion) has a lot of gaps. Everyone was very receptive with what I had to say. My video projector for the presentation went flat half way through, so I did spend the lunch break eating with one hand and holding the wobbly and sensitive socket with the other. But made it! I was able to also show a small sample of a video of reading lessons from Gulu which shocked the participants. Possibly a little arrogantly, they didn’t think they would see anything like that come from Gulu. Well I’m glad that they did! And we in Gulu are only going to get better and better at teaching reading!
Who knows how much impact the meeting will have. Hopefully when considering new policies and curriculum review in the future they will consider a lot of the things shared.