Good news: set foot in a Tanzanian school today. Bad news: I thought it was to observe some lessons, however, I wasn't expected - some consternation as to who it was I'd spoken to over the 'phone! - so I ended up making arrangements for next Tuesday. Subsequently exchanged text messages with the deputy head of mathematics who was extremely helpful, so pretty sure that will be OK.
Spending a fair bit of time reading round Tanzanian education in particular and East Africa - and the developing world - in general. I'll share some thoughts soon, meanwhile, reflecting on how important the language of the classroom is and how problematic this is in many countries in the world.
But I wanted to mention my iphone. I bought a factory unlocked reconditioned version 3 to come out here, the selling point for me is the ability to act as a sat nav. Have to say that I've been incredibly impressed, and it makes walking around so much more straightforward when I have a device in my pocket that tells me pretty well exactly where I am. Except for one thing - the battery life seems very low, I'm constantly recharging it. As far as I can make out this is normal for iphones, not because I have a reconditioned one. And to make matters worse, I can charge it in my office at work either through my MacBook Pro or through the mains, but can't charge it in the 'guest house' where I'm staying at the moment, either way. Most perplexing, hoping when I move to my own flat this will be resolved. Any technical types reading this who may be able to help, do let me know.
More generally, I'm keeping an eye on usage figures for this website and there seems to be a steady trickle of visitors - thank you! Would be great to hear from you, either through a message on the blog or through private email.
Tutuonana baadaye - see you again soon.