Stand Tall has had the good fortune of receiving two excellent volunteers – Honey Halpern joins us at Stand Tall for the third time and Linda Roberts for the second time. Both have been sharing their expertise with the staff and participating in school activities and in the classroom.
Honey is teaching literacy techniques and library skills. She received a grant to purchase non-fiction books on Ugandan curriculum topics. She then videotaped grade six children in Vancouver as they practiced strategies such as ‘shared-reading’, ’partner-reading’ and comprehension activities. Now here at Stand Tall, she is showing the videos to both teachers and students, and discussing the strategies demonstrated by the Vancouver children. The non-fiction books are now at Stand Tall and are being used by the children here. The teachers are genuinely interested in learning about these techniques and we are already seeing positive results in the classroom.
Linda is working alongside Ssimbwa, our Principal, Gerald, our accountant, and myself on strategies to promote sustainability at Stand Tall. We’ve come up with some viable ideas and as we brainstorm together, we are narrowing the field down to one or two possibilities. Linda was also one of the two chief organizers of the Rose Charities Conference that was held in Kampala on April 15th. She wears many hats here and we appreciate every one of them.