Teaching, termites and tailoring

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I am still learning how to teach English in South Sudan. I usually set an exercise at the end of a session, which the students complete and bring to me for marking with my red pen. On one occasion, time was against us, and it seemed sensible to give out the answers, as lunchtime was upon us. However, my students were so keen to complete the exercise that they remained in the classroom and handed in their work at the start of the afternoon session.

We have now entered the termites/white ants season. I thought I could tell them apart – white ants are like a squishy caterpillar and termites are crunchier – but I discovered on the Internet that they are the same thing; the difference in texture was based on being cooked or raw.

The Diocesan Secretary, Betes, has a mound in his compound. A few nights ago, he invited us around after dark. He had dug a small depression in front of the mound and his family were attracting the flying termites into the hole with a flaming torch, before gathering them into a bowl. Another method is to hold a bowl of water under an outside light. I am told that they are delicious to eat; having tried them raw and cooked, I have yet to acquire the taste. During this time, many people have disappeared to their gardens or into the bush, to make the most of the bounty.

During this visit to Ibba, we have got to know Mma Asunta better. She is married to Pastor John and they have one daughter, Maria. She has many skills, including baking bread and, if the ingredients are available, cakes. In 2014, she baked a delicious cake for my birthday. Pastor John is a tailor and has a small shop on the market. Together, they lead an open-air church next to the prison.

Mma Asunta’s skills in needlecraft and teaching have been particularly evident in the ‘Days for Girls’ Project. The aim of this is to provide girls with reusable sanitary products, meaning that less schooling is missed. She has been holding a month-long training course to teach ladies from outlying areas to make the packs. Her efforts to ensure the successful implementation of this project are commendable.


Janet said Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:52PM
Interesting diet! Great to hear what you are up to. Praying for you x

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