Hawa is an English lady runs an English language school in nearby Diannah village. Although Senegal is a francophone country, many people are learning English for tourism and business.
Hawa spends the English summer (which is Senegals’ rainy season), back in the UK, teaching and raising funds for her school. This allows her to teach at affordable rates for local people. During the week, she teaches adults where a 90 minute lesson is about 25p. On Sundays she runs a free class for children of the village, where she provides breakfast. This is very popular and there are regularly up to 80 kids packed into the classroom which is just 4×6 meters.
Last Sunday, I took Gulliver for his first time. On this occasion, there were 60 children. After they’d all washed their hands and taken off their shoes, they sat and sang songs, played games with sand tucked into their pain au chocolate. The theme was “the Jungle Book” and the kids put on monkey and crocodile masks to act out little games – the local equivalent of English kids dressing up as a hedgehog and badger, I suppose.
If you’d like to support the school, £20 will cover a months worth of breakfasts and for the three children’s assistants. Hawa is also looking to raise money to double the size of the classroom – maybe she’ll then be able to have 160 kids in there! Please send me a message or contact Hawa directly through the facebook page for further information.