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.






Help Runita teach former child soldiers in Uganda!

Sometimes creativity just means the daily work of helping others see a problem in a different way.”

To those of you who don’t know me, my name is Runita Jones and I’m a graduate student in New York University’s Educational Theatre Department. This summer, I will use my creative talents to help others address problems in new ways. I will be studying and teaching abroad in northern Uganda in a unique program sponsored by NYU and Invisible Children. I am so excited about this trip, and I just secured my spot; however, I have two months to raise the remaining balance. I am reaching out, In hopes that you will join me in supporting this worthy cause.
Your support is valuable in several ways:
First, you will help a remarkable international organization continue its important work. Invisible Children is a Non-governmental Organization (NGO) that seeks to help Northern Uganda rebuild after years of bitter civil war. Since 2003, Invisible Children has created a  partnership with the Ugandan people by heeding the voices of those who lived through and survived the war. The people wanted to develop initiatives that looked to a future without war. The teacher exchange program arose out of this collaboration and it aims to rebuild Uganda’s schools from the “inside out” by providing professional development opportunities for Northern Ugandan teachers. Invisible Children accomplishes this goal by bringing Ugandan and international teachers together to work side-by-side to explore and exchange teaching methods. Their accomplishments are too numerous to explain here; if you’d like more information, visit their website at .
Second, you’ll help me develop into the best educator I can be. As an instructor, my aim is to acquire a variety of teaching strategies and the Uganda Study Abroad is the perfect vehicle for achieving this goal. As an NYU participant, in addition to gaining credit towards my degree, I’ll develop lesson plans and team-teach classes with Ugandan teachers. I’ll learn how to effectively manage and support overcrowded classrooms with minimal supplies, as Ugandan classrooms typically have one hundred students and scant resources. Most importantly, I’ll test my educational theatre techniques and share ideas and methods,the true essence of the exchange portion of the program.
However, the biggest reward that this journey will offer is the chance to work with former child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and children ophaned during the unending civil war. These children have had their innocence stolen and their dreams smashed in a war ravaged region. Education will empower them with the tools needed to forge positive change in their country and develop an atmosphere that breeds understanding and opportunity, not war. Won’t you help them? 
facebook-photo2Please help me raise $6000 to cover program expenses and tuition needed to journey to Uganda with the Invisible Children program and to help students and teachers.  I need to raise $1000 by April 1, 2009 and an additional  $5000 by May 1, 2009. Donating through the firstgiving link is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Donations to Invisible Children are tax deductible. Please see the posts for futher details on donating. Any amount you can contribute will be greatly appreciated.
Please forward this information to others who may wish to donate to this important cause.
Gratefully yours,
T/Ex-Runita Jones


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