Day 3

Yesterday was the opening commemoration day in honor of the genocide which happened 16 years ago.  It was a public holiday; so there was no camp. It is hard to imagine something as horrible as genocide ever took place here, and it is an honor to work beside colleagues who have faced and overcome amazing adversity and are such wonderful, smart people and friends. I feel lucky to be here and to know them all.


The words for today were “creativity” and “fun.” We wanted to make sure our camp was in no way being conducted like school time. This is fun exploration time for the students. I focused on with the two beginner groups today. One group came excited to show their peers all that they had done at home. Many recorded videos and took pictures of their families. Others recorded audio of their favorites songs, which played throughout the day.  One student went to the airport, where there is free wireless, and found out how to download a new game. There were so many things to share that for the morning the students just played on their own and taught each other how to accomplish what they had.  The second half of the day the students asked to learn Scratch. I asked them what they wanted to do in Scratch and many said to “make the cat dance!” So after some basics, the students were challenged to make their cat do the best dance–it took a while for the students to be creative and try new blocks, but once some started, it inspired the other students to follow.

The second class began the day with creative writing. Their challenge: write a fiction story, including the use of pictures.The students really enjoyed this. The were so creative and enjoyed taking pictures of their fiction story. At the end of the day, each group showed the other what they had done and each class applauded and supported each others work.

At the end of the day, I told the creative writing group that they did a great job and that they could all be writers! They were so happy and cheered!

Here are some of their stories:

Пишувај Activity



ifoto ya aline iisomo twize ku ishuli


    • Coline Bettson
    • April 10th, 2010

    Hi from Canada Julie !

    I am a Canadian ESL teacher & new volunteer for

    ” Hello to all 5 to 12 year olds who use their XO laptop !

    I need your help.

    The idea ?

    Let us make a new CONTEST ( kids only ) to share your :work, art, writing, math, anything you want.

    Will you think about it and send me your ideas ?

    Categories… : math, art, science, poetry, film, music, photography & short stories

    I will put them together and find judges.

    We will set a date for the contest to begin and end, for 2010.
    Then, 3 children will be this year’s contest winners.

    I will mail them their prize. Gold, for first place. Silver, for second place. Bronze, for third place.

    Next year ? You will have all of 2011 to work on ideas.

    Thank you very much,

    Coline, in Canada ”

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