Connecting local responses around the world
Yesterday I met an enthusiastic Educator who was involved in a Schools Nutrition enhancement project amied at stimulating greater attendance at schools and better performance of students in the hinterland of Guyana. This was her last day of the project after five years. Being SALTy I asked " So what is one memorable moment of your sojourn, you would like to share?" Smiling she said there are several and began to share very interesting learning experiences, for example in the dark of one night the team had to cross a bridge, walking for five minutes, that was waist high with water due to flash flooding, but the one that has significant meaning is this. Probably my first focus group discussion with adults of a hinterland commun ity. 'i was fully engaged, aking the questions as predetermined to stimlate the audience and get response." There was very little response from the audience then a young lady said "Excuse me, can i make acomment?" She went on "The people do notunderstand you since they are not that fluent in english language, can I translate for you?" The educator response "I never felt such embarrassement." Laughing now she says "I really learn from that experience, I felt small, at the beginning I was feeling really confident of what I was about to do."
Laughing together I said I have had my share of experiences as well, working as a facilitator in the hinterland regions. I wanted to share one about my first experience in Suriname (^_^). What are your thoughts fellow SALTy Facilitators?