Getting ready for Uganda – Ramblings

It’s been a while since I’ve written or visited my blog. I’ve been living life…finishing my first semester at NYU, attending to family matters, fundraising…I haven’t had much time. Now it’s 11:59 pm on Saturday, May 23, and I need to go to bed soon. I just thought I’d better put up a post or something before the blog directiories delete me.  So here is what’s up with me.

I am officially finished with my first year of Graduate study. Yea! It has been a great first year with lots of challenges to my idea of what a teacher should be. I hope I will be able to explore some of my new beliefs in the African, post conflict environment. However, this blog is not about teaching methods, so I will end this thread here. I think I named this post Getting Ready for Uganda so that’s what I’ll breifly discuss.

I have been reading the texts required and not required for this study/teach abroad. The list includes:

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,  Applied Theatre: Creating Transformative Encounters in the Community, The Arts and the Creation of the Mind. These are my required texts. Books I’ve taken it upon myself to read include: Issues in African Education: Sociological Perspectives, Africa: Progress & Problems-Education in Africa, and Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction. I’m hoping to finish the required reading texts by Saturday…no, I don’t have a lot of time…

…That actually seems to be the theme for me right now. The trip seemed to have crept upon me. Today I went shopping for my Uganda clothes. My skirts and dresses have to be below the knee, even when sitting down and blouses have to have capped ( short sleeves ). No shoulders showing. Ok. How difficult can this be? Right? Difficult. I bought cute skirts and I’m having a time finding matching shirts. LOL. I am going to continue my shopping spree tomorrow, see what I find.

Well, these are indeed ramblings. I will return with reflections on what I hope to accomplish with this blog.

Later.

Runita

 

P.S –  I’M SOOO EXCITED!!!!!!