Today, an early start. One of our generous hosts, Leon Mugabe, greeted us at the KIE gate. Leon’s smile can warm even the most decaffeinated and groggy soul.
While the majority of the workshops we facilitate will be with Stephen’s drama students, today we got to work with Leon’s education students–all 150+ of them! Chris and Helen took the reigns on this one with us in the supporting roles as forum theatre actors and blank slates for sculpting image theatre work. We learned so much about the students’ opinions on education–asking them what good education looks like–with the students offering suggestions that we would reflect in tableaux images.
Leon is our people. He is actively on board with learner-centered education and as a result, I get the feeling that his students have the potential to make a huge contribution to the evolving education system in Rwanda. We spent some time meeting and greeting the students afterwards, which is always my favorite part.
After our workshop it was off to the African market. We have nothing that compares to this in the states. You name it, you could buy it there. I cannot reveal what we bought as many of you readers may be recipients. A huge thanks goes out to Alfonsine, Steven’s wife, who helped us with our bargaining. She let us do the talking but stood behind the vendors shaking her head “nooooo” when the price was too high.
We came back to the hotel to reflect on the sessions we taught yesterday, and snuck in a little workout before dinner. Much needed.
Feelin’ good. Energized, inspired, welcomed.
p.s. hi mom(s) and dad(s). xo, all of us