This week my daughter Rosa and I were in full tourist mode in Cape Town. It was a return visit for me, as I was first there in 2016 to visit my daughter Emma while she studied abroad at the University of Cape Town. We stayed in Green Point, put on lots of miles walking along the Atlantic Ocean and loved exploring the City Bowl, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Bokaap, Robben Island, Cape Point, Table Mountain, neighborhood food markets, coffee shops and more.
We returned to Gaborone for about 20 hours before flying home to Minneapolis. So many emotions as I walked dusty streets and absorbed Bots sights, sounds and smells one last time. Thoughtful goodbyes exchanged in person and via WhatsApp. One of my favorite taxi drivers, Gifa, shouted friendly greetings as he drove by.
Thank you Fulbright, Tess, U.S. Embassy, University of Botswana, and the many Batswana, Zimbabweans and South Africans that welcomed me, helped me and with whom I have forged new friendships and ongoing collaborations. I have a Summary Report and lesson plans to finish in the coming weeks to meet Fulbright requirements and will post links to the final products. I certainly experienced all of the stages of cultural adaptation since my arrival in January, but now that my fellowship has come to an end, I tear up when I think of saying goodbye to beautiful Botswana and this impactful Fulbright experience.
Most photos taken by Rosa Dunn!
After our Kasane trip and an overnight in Gabs, on Tuesday we flew to Maun, Botswana's "tourism capital" and access point for the Okavango Delta. Something in the water or food hit both of our digestive tracts hard. First Rosa and then I spent some miserable hours at our tented safari camp with an outdoor toilet. After taking antibiotics (and switching to a hotel with an indoor toilet) by Thursday we were literally on the "up and up" and felt good enough to explore Maun and take a 12-seater MackAir scenic flight over the Delta. Botswana is having a drought year, so the Delta is drier than usual, but still a gorgeous landscape from above. We were able to spot elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffalo, zebras and impalas from the plane, piloted by a female bush pilot! Yay!
On Friday we took a day trip into the Delta by mokoro canoe. These dugout canoes were traditionally made by hollowing out a straight tree (today they are fiberglass) and are propelled by a standing poler. All polers are represented by the Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust (OKMCT), which sets their daily pay rates. Our poler MD also served as our expert guide through the Delta and on a three hour island bush walk. Between Kasane and Maun we have been fortunate to see Botswana's wildlife from a boat, a safari vehicle, an airplane and the ground.
My daughter Rosa arrived last Sunday. We had fun exploring tourist haunts in Gabs (Main Mall, Parliament, 3 Dikgosi Monument, Daily Grind, No 1 Ladies Coffee House, Botswanacraft, Kgale Hill, Cafe Dijo, Sanita's ... ). She joined me as I made goodbye rounds at Gaborone Senior Secondary School and UB on Monday and rode the combi with me to Gabane on Tuesday to help record videos of the ICT Club learners at Nare Sereto Junior Secondary School for the global dialogue with Stillwater on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We had a bit of a glitch as the internet at Nare Sereto that day was not strong enough to record directly to Flipgrid, and not all of the learners were prepared. So, we came up with a work around of recording videos on our phones and then I uploaded those videos to Flipgrid once back in Gabs. My hope is that Tebatso will follow up in the coming weeks and facilitate the recording of those that were not ready this week and possibly their responses to the Stillwater videos.
My official Fulbright program ended on Tuesday. On Thursday Rosa and I flew to Kasane, in the northeast corner of Botswana. In Kasane we took in a Chobe River cruise, a day trip across the border to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and a full day safari in Chobe National Park. We saw lots of elephants, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, buffalo, waterbuck, impala, warthogs, baboons, kori bustard (Botswana's national bird) and one elusive leopard. Chobe is teeming with elephants and the issue of human-wildlife conflict is front and center. The President of Botswana recently hosted an Elephant Summit with the Presidents of Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe in attendance and just announced the lifting of the 2014 ban on elephant hunting. Our host at Nxabii Cottages, Irene, told us stories of Kasane residents that have been trampled by elephants.
Tonight we are back in Gabs regrouping before heading to Maun and the Okavango Delta, in the northwest corner of Botswana.
I made my last official school visit on Monday to St. Joseph's College on the outskirts of Gaborone. St. Joseph's has a reputation for excellence with exam scores consistently among the highest in the country. The School Head was warm and welcoming and began the day by calling together the senior teachers of History, Geography, Social Studies and Development Studies to discuss how I should spend my day. The teachers whisked me off to visit three classes and chat with them in their offices. Classes at St. Joseph's were the largest I've seen in Botswana (all 40+ learners) and despite additional funding provided by the Catholic Church, still wanting for basics such as chalk and student chairs. The Modern World History and Social Studies classes were mostly lecture and note-taking. At one point in Social Studies, as part of a discussion of the impact of globalization on culture, a group of students was invited to demonstrate a specific ethnic dance. The class came alive! The teacher stopped the dance before it was finished, "so the learners wouldn't get too excited." The Geography class worked on a hands-on map reading activity with topographic maps of the Mochudi area. Between classes the teachers were handling logistics for an upcoming school trip to Cape Town, available to those learners who can afford to pay the fee. Before I left they insisted on feeding me lunch - a huge plate of pap and seswaa. One of the cleaning ladies passing by saw my leftovers sitting on the plate and asked to come in and finish them.
My Advisor at UB helped me make a connection to Veronica Leburu, Chief Health Officer in the Sexual and Reproductive Health Division at the Ministry of Health, to discuss reasons for Botswana's relatively high maternal mortality ratio. I thought I was interviewing Ms. Leburu. Instead, I found myself in a division meeting with about ten people sitting in chairs lining the perimeter of her office anticipating a formal presentation and proposal for future collaboration. Fortunately Katherine, the U.S. Peace Corps volunteer I had interviewed a few weeks ago, was also in the meeting and helped me smooth over the misunderstanding.
On Tuesday I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Julianna Lindsey, Country Director for UNICEF Botswana. Julianna helped me better understand the scope of UNICEF's work in Botswana, which falls into five broad categories:
After the Ministry of Health and UNICEF Botswana interviews on Tuesday I headed to a Panel Discussion at UB on "The Anticipated Impacts and or Benefits of Implementation of SDGs". This is the first of several United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) public discussions that UB will sponsor. The panel was excellent and the discussion that followed lively. The consensus of the panelists and attendees was that the SDGs must not only be localized but contextualized so that sustainable development in Botswana "leaves no one behind".
My last full week as a Fulbright DAT found me back at the library for the SDGs Seminar for kids. I led the first part of the session (Tebatso is in South Africa until late May as a participant in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Centre Cohort 17) and was joined for the second half of the session by his Banabakgwale Association colleague Motheo. We watched We The People for the Global Goals, read the Heroes for Change comic out loud, completed a Global Goals Word Search and explored colorful maps of Botswana. Kids that participated put their name in a raffle for an inflatable globe. On Tuesday I will return to Nare Sereto Junior Secondary School in Gabane to hopefully finish our first Flipgrid global exchange activity with Stillwater.
This week started a bit slowly with work in my office at UB, but the pace picked up on Wednesday when I observed the first Youth Achievers meeting of the new term at Naledi Senior Secondary School. Youth Achievers is an after school leadership development program run by the 2017 cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows. 30 Form 4 (equivalent to grade 11 in the U.S. system) learners were chosen through an essay application process. They will spend an hour on Wednesdays through November being mentored on a variety of topics including communication, community development, health and nutrition, environmental issues and business and money. The culminating activity is to make a business pitch to the group. As this was the first session, there were intros and an ice breaker. Learners were tasked with lining up, without talking, in order of birthdays. The Fellows leading this first session (Koketso, Ditiro and Peo Neo) generated a lot of excitement in the group about what is to come.
On Thursday I spent the day at Livingstone Kolobeng College (actually a Senior Secondary School), observing Geography and Development Studies classes. The Geography class was having an interactive lecture on Coastal Processes and the Development Studies class was discussing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (precursor to the Sustainable Development Goals). The principal at Livingstone Kolobeng chatted me up for an hour plus on personal educational and cultural observations she has made here in Botswana. She is from India, but has lived here for more than 40 years.
Thursday I also interviewed Dorothy from Young 1ove. Young 1ove is an NGO working hand-in-hand with several Botswana government ministries to deliver two evidence-based programs using trained peer educators. Zones focuses on HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy prevention while Teaching at the Right Level focuses on closing the gap between educational access and educational quality. Dorothy herself has a compelling story. She first came to Botswana at age 4 with her family as a political refugee from Uganda and spent several years living in a refugee camp. While attending university in Namibia, basketball became her physical and psychological outlet. Today, she's not only an international basketball referee, but an international activist holding a Master's Degree in Social Work. Read more about Dorothy in this NPR article.
I spent time on Saturday with Lesogo from the Gogontlejang Phaladi Pillar of Hope Project. Lesogo explained her volunteer work with two GPPH projects, one focused on educating young women about the age of consent and the other, SIMI Movement, on the mentoring of young girls. Their age of consent work has similarities to the work of Young 1ove, but with a particular emphasis on self-esteem. The "sugar daddy" phenomenon is alive and well in Botswana. Younger girls, especially girls with low income or low self-esteem, date older men in exchange for money and gifts. Those "gifts" may include HIV/AIDS and/or pregnancy.
Friday was the World ICT Day event at Nare Sereto Junior Secondary School in Gabane, with a special theme of Girls in ICT. Gloria, the ICT teacher Tebatso and I have been collaborating with, picked me up before 6 a.m. We dropped her husband Ernest off at his communications job with the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) and headed to school. The school was already abuzz with activity with the sun barely up. Teachers bossed learners around, per usual. Sweep the tent, carry chairs out of the classrooms and line them up and so on. I kept trying to help and being told no, the learners do the work! I was finally allowed to help the teachers cut small pieces of colorful fabric to make special VIP pins.
Soon the VIPs began to arrive and waited patiently in the computer lab while the DJ's catchy tunes blasted from the tent area. Finally (more than an hour late), the VIPs were escorted to their seats in the tent, looking out at learners, staff and parents assembled in front of them in chairs.
This event, like all I have attended in Botswana, had a long, formal program with lots of speeches and began and ended with a prayer. The overall purpose was to excite the learners, especially girls, about career opportunities in the ICT field. We heard from the School Head, Gloria as the chief organizer, officials from the Ministry of Education, representatives of two of the companies exhibiting at the event (including one that recently donated the first SMART Board to the school), and a female Computer Science professor from the University of Botswana, with an intermission provided by a student musical group (video below). After the formal program, the new SMART Board was demonstrated in the computer lab, all were free to visit a handful of technology related exhibits in the school hall, and a traditional lunch buffet was served to the VIPs, school staff and select learners. Most of the learners received the normal school lunch before undertaking all of the clean-up duties.
The "feeding" was one aspect of the program that Gloria has been worried about for weeks. The school had no budget for the event, so everything needed to be donated. She finally found a donor for the food just this past week. If Batswana come to an event like this, they expect to be fed!
When Tebatso and I first started coming to Nare Sereto, it was because he and his NGO, Banabakgwale Association have "adopted" the school and assist with the ICT Club on Thursdays after school. He believed that the school would be a good location not only for me to conduct a survey, but also to engage learners in a global dialogue with Stillwater students, all related to my Fulbright Inquiry Project. Our hope was that the Nare Sereto ICT Club learners would record their contribution to the global dialogue (we are using Flipgrid) at this World ICT Day event. Well ... as you can imagine with the long formal program, and it starting late and the general hub bub of the day and Gloria being overwhelmed with preparations, this didn't happen. So ... I hope to return to Nare Sereto this coming week to seal the deal, but my time is getting short.
Early this week I met with two UB Population Studies professors about my Inquiry Project, journeyed to Gabane with Tebatso to meet with Gloria at Nare Sereto Junior Secondary School about our plans for World ICT Day, interviewed Babedi of Botswana Youth Talent Expo and finally received a 90-day extension on my tourist visa. This process began March 22, involved compiling lots of required documentation, multiple trips to two different immigration offices on opposite sides of Gabs, several hours waiting in queues and offices and significant intervention on my behalf by Human Resources Assistant Mr. Osupile at UB. So, now that I have the piece of paper I can legally exit and enter Botswana for a few more months.
It’s astonishing how much time, effort and stress have gone in to procuring three pieces of paper that have had a huge impact on my life here: research permit (which I have been asked to show ONCE), letter of permission to visit schools from the Ministry of Education and the visa extension.
On Thursday, visa extension in hand, I caught the Flight Connect bus from Riverwalk Mall near my apartment to the bus terminal at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. It’s a six hour trip, with a clunky process at the border crossing. Get out of the bus, go through Botswana passport control, declare laptop at customs, walk across the border, go through South Africa passport control, pick up luggage from bus, have luggage scanned, present customs declaration for laptop, present passport one more time, back on the bus. On the way back in to Botswana you are required to wipe your shoes on a mat treated with disinfectant to reduce the spread of foot and mouth disease. The bus hostess pleasantly informed us that if for some reason we were not able to clear immigration at the border they would have no other choice than to leave us there. Comforting!
The Johannesburg metropolitan area has roughly the same population as New York City proper (~8 million people). Joburg’s reputation for grit and crime persists, but today it’s a vibrant, high-energy city with a compelling history and lots to see and do. I spent three nights in Maboneng Precinct, a day in Soweto and a day exploring inner city Johannesburg. Too short!
I have three weeks left in my formal Fulbright DAT program and then will travel for three weeks in Botswana and South Africa. The first of the "lasts" are beginning. Friday was my last UB Demography of Botswana class. The professor assigned a paper for the students to work on for the last two weeks of the semester, so the class will not meet again. Wherever I go in Gabs, I'm thinking, "this may be the last time I'm here." Some pressure now to visit those last schools, interview those last people, write the Summary Report, create the lesson plans. And underneath it all, the ever-present pressures of just navigating everyday life. As Tess and I often discussed, it's not that easy to be a visiting scholar here. Lots of things that shouldn't be so difficult, are.
This was a short work week due to the public holiday on Monday. I had one interview, with Chris of BW Jobs 4 Graduates. One key requirement for "harnessing the demographic dividend" is that Botswana's youth need to be gainfully employed. Botswana's youth unemployment rate is at least 25%. BW Jobs 4 Graduates started in 2012 as an online job board. Since that time they have expanded their offerings to include an annual job fair, weekly seminars for job seekers and practical services such as help with CVs, cover letters, interviews, etc. Before the interview I attended the weekly seminar. This week's theme was "How To Make It In The Hospitality Industry". Tourism is Botswana's second largest industry after diamonds. The two presenters (one female and one male, one older and one younger, one who came up through a formal management trainee system and one who started as a doorman), shared their stories and gave a lot of helpful advice. You don't necessarily need a degree in the industry. You don't have to wait for the perfect job. Take a job or a volunteer opportunity you can get, learn from it, find mentors, build your skills and confidence. Position yourself to walk through doors when they open.
After applying five times, Chris was accepted into the Mandela Washington Fellowship program. He will spend six weeks at Appalachian State University in North Carolina this summer.
On Thursday I returned to Nare Sereto Junior Secondary School in Gabane with Tebatso and his Banabakgwale Association colleague Prince to meet with Gloria, the ICT Teacher, to discuss plans for the World ICT Day event on May 10th. I was also able to introduce my 10-Question SDGs survey to the Social Studies class that will be participating. Research permit rules require that the learners have two signed consent forms before they can take the survey (one signed by parents, one signed by the learners themselves). The learners left school with the parental permission slips on Thursday. Fingers crossed. I'll be back at the school on Monday to check up on the survey.
The last day of my Demography of Botswana class was the best of the semester. We had a guest speaker from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning who provided a clear, concise, engaging overview of Botswana's population policy, termed the Revised Population Policy of 2010. This policy is one of the drivers of Botswana's economic development (including United Nations Sustainable Development Goal implementation), setting targets for population size and distribution, health, HIV/AIDS, vulnerable populations, housing, water and energy, food security, technology, resource protection and more.
Friday was the inaugural celebration of World Book and Copyright Day at the Gaborone Public Library, so no SDGs seminar for kids, but a successful event for the library that was well attended. The day included a presentation of 5,000 children's books from the Botswana Book Project, affiliated with Minnesota's Books for Africa. These books will be distributed to libraries around the country.
The monkeys are busy scampering across campus and wrestling with each other. Sleepy Gabs is even sleepier as pretty much everyone has cleared out of the city and headed home to their villages for the four-day Easter weekend.
This week was a farewell tour with Tess, my Fulbright DAT colleague. We had a last Botswanacraft lunch, a last visit to the Sierra Leonean tailor K-Man at African Mall and a last Sanita's lunch, all in the company of her friends Mandisa and Rati. After a bit of final hours stress when her Air Botswana flight was unexpectedly cancelled, she was able to be rescheduled onto a South African Airways flight from Gabs to Joburg and is now somewhere high over the Atlantic on her way home to Chicago, where she'll be back in the classroom with her learners on Tuesday. Already missing my intelligent, inquisitive, multilingual, fearless partner.
This week I interviewed Wame and Senzeni from BOFWA (Botswana Family Welfare Association). BOFWA provides sexual and reproductive health education, advocacy and clinical services, targeting marginalized youth in Gaborone, Kanye, Maun, Kasane and Francistown. The Guardian article How To Grapple With Soaring World Population? An Answer From Botswana explains that family planning efforts on the part of the Botswana government and NGOs like BOFWA have contributed to a reduction in Botswana's fertility rate from 6.5 in 1971 to 2.8 in 2011. There is still an unmet need for family planning, particularly in rural areas and among low income groups and teens.
The first step for anyone interested in accessing any of BOFWA's clinical services is an HIV test. Botswana has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infections in the world, even with the provision of free ARV (antiretroviral) meds to all. Stigma remains. Some people avoid testing, do not know their status and pass on the virus. HIV/AIDS message fatigue, typical risky behaviors of youth, the belief that AIDS is no longer a death sentence, high unemployment and particulars of Botswana dating culture also continue to fuel new infections.
On Tuesday I met with Olerato of Sentabale in an office in the highest building in Gabs, iTowers. Sentabale works in both Botswana and Lesotho and focuses on meeting the material and psychological needs of HIV positive youth and on providing a forum for youth voice and leadership regarding HIV/AIDS issues. Sentabale was founded by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho.
Thursday evening I attended a Cocktail Launch for YALDA's Citizen's Report at Botho University with Tebatso and two other Banabakgwale Association members. I was really looking forward to the event because the agenda included a panel with representatives of government, education and NGOs speaking about United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation in Botswana. A perfect fit with my project! Just as they launched into the panel discussion portion of the program, goodbye English and hello Setswana. Argh! Hoping to see a copy of YALDA's Citizen's Report (in English) soon.
This week included UB classes, interviews, a few mango and moringa seedlings planted, a litter clean-up and a spectacular show of national pride.
On Monday I met with Charity of Botswana Network for Mental Health. My goal was to learn about the work she is doing to support in-school youth, out-of-school youth and unemployed youth. Like so many young Batswana, Charity has a passion and a strong work ethic, yet little to no funding for her work. Specific to the Botswana setting, youth struggle with mental health issues related to HIV/AIDS, gender based violence, test anxiety (exam scores determine secondary school access and government sponsorship for post-secondary education), and job seeking. Charity’s awareness raising and advocacy work aims to reduce stigma associated with mental health issues and to improve mental health education in order to build psychological resilience in youth. Charity began our conversation by sharing her personal struggle with depression. In her words, she shares openly because she has found that “we are motivated by people with a story”.
I also connected with Katherine, a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer now serving her fourth year. Her first three years were spent in the village of Ramotswa and as a fourth-year extender, she is now assigned to the Botswana Ministry of Health. Botswana is considered a “middle income country”, so Peace Corps work here is focused strictly on HIV/AIDS issues. We talked specifically about an assessment of government-sponsored Youth Friendly Family Planning Clinics that she has contributed to. Have It All (linked below) is an excellent video produced by the U.S. Embassy about PEPFAR and Botswana’s “Treat All” program.
On Tuesday I interviewed Tshepo of the Botswana Student Network. The Botswana Student Network connects youth to government, business and community organizations to network and serve. Tshepo is also someone with a story that motivates his work. He scored poorly on his exams at the end of Form 5 (equivalent to U.S. grade 12) and therefore did not qualify for Botswana government sponsorship of his post-secondary education. His family sponsored him to go to Cyprus for university, where he excelled in a setting less focused on memorization and more focused on application and had his eyes opened to a wider world. Due to financial constraints he returned home to Botswana after two semesters dedicated to helping youth who may have difficulty passing exams, but do have skills and talents that they can develop to find purpose in their lives and support themselves economically. Tshepo explained that young Batswana who do not move on to Senior Secondary school or university may become discouraged, not see a path to life success, have children at a young age and continue a cycle of poverty.
Tuesday I was also at the United Nations building in Gaborone’s government enclave to interview Boago of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This was a connection that I was able to make thanks to Rebecca Kubanji of the UB Population Studies Department. As a United Nations fan, it was fun just to be in the building! UNFPA work in Botswana focuses on family planning, maternal health and HIV/AIDS with a special concern for gender equality, human rights and youth. Our discussion focused on demographic dividend and U.N. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) issues, in particular populations that continue to have an unmet need for family planning (low income, rural, teens and HIV/AIDS infected), Botswana’s stubbornly high maternal mortality ratio and the need for alignment of data collection and storage so that consistent analysis can be done at the global, regional and local scale by the United Nations, African Union, Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Botswana government.
As a Human Geography teacher, it is interesting to be in a place where people and organizations talk consistently and positively about population policy and development partners. As far as I know, the U.S. does not have a “population policy”, just partisan bickering about family planning, abortion rights and immigration. The U.S. and Russia are the two countries doing the least to implement the SDGs at the national level. In the Trump era, some states and cities are stepping up to fill the federal void.
Friday was the weekly Banabakgwale Association's SDGs Seminar for kids. Tebatso brought mango and moringa seedings for the kids to help plant as a 2019 Global Youth Service Day activity. On Saturday, he and his Banabakgwale colleagues organized speakers and a litter pick for high school and college aged youth.
The spectacular show of national pride was Saturday’s Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Day at the National Stadium near UB. President Masisi and former President Ian Khama were in attendance and it was quite the event. Marching bands, dancers and singers, canine, horse, tug of war and obstacle course competitions between military branches, a “drama” in which the BDF saved the day, soldiers rappelling from the huge stadium light fixtures and flyovers by military helicopters, cargo planes and combat planes. Pictures below, courtesy of Botswana government photographers.
Botswana is finally transitioning from summer to winter (i.e. slightly cooler temps), which is really refreshing. I actually wore a sweatshirt for the first time yesterday. I'm transitioning too, from the initial weeks and months of my Fulbright DAT program that felt more academic and theoretical, to the final weeks and months which are feeling a whole lot more practical. The idea that Botswana primary, secondary and tertiary education focuses too much on the theoretical and too little on the practical is a recurring theme hammered home in nearly every formal and informal conversation I've had. Many learners emerge from their schooling lacking the technical and soft skills needed for workplace success.
This week I met with three impressive young Batswana: Lillian of Career Coaching, Omphile of All Brilliant Minds and Timothy of Young Africa Botswana. What these young people and their organizations are doing (on absolutely shoestring budgets), is attempting to fill gaps that they have identified in the educational system and in government youth employment schemes. Career Coaching provides personal professional development consulting, All Brilliant Minds (ALBRIMO) motivates and tutors secondary students and Young Africa Botswana offers TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) that embeds entrepreneurship and life skills.
A speech given by EU Ambassador to Botswana and SADC Jan Sadek at the launch for Young Africa Botswana's "Make TVET Cool Again" campaign details the connections between Botswana's demographics and the need for high quality TVET to address the skills mismatch that is one contributor to Botswana's high youth unemployment rate.
Public schools are now on break until the new term starts on April 24, so the turnout was light at this Friday's Banabakgwale Association after school SDGs seminar for kids at the Gaborone Public Library. The kids practiced reading out loud using an online story book called Frieda written by the United Nations Information Centre in Namibia. Banabakgwale is planning several events for Global Youth Service Day April 12-14 that I hope to assist with. We will pick up our project with Nare Sereto Junior Secondary School in Gabane after the break.
On Saturday I joined English Language Fellow Susan for the Crocodile Pools River Safari just outside of Gabs on the Notwane River. Beautiful, peaceful, and lots of birds, monkeys and three crocodiles spotted!
A 9th grade AP Human Geography and Global Studies teacher at Stillwater Area High School in Stillwater, Minnesota, USA, living and learning in Gaborone, Botswana from January to June 2019 as a Fulbright Teacher.