It is with a mixture of feelings that I tell you that I have resigned my post with the Aga Khan University and am due to be returning to the UK in early April. There have been some great times, our students are wonderful and I will miss them a great deal. But even as I write the back up generator in my apartment block is pounding away, it's noisy, smelly and I'm acutely aware that many people do not have access to one as I do. So I look forward to a (very nearly) continuous electricity supply, being able to drink the tap water, being able to walk down the street without constantly being offered taxi rides. As the saying goes: east or west, home is best! And when I told the current student group of my departure, I think there was a large amount of understanding on this last point as Dar es Salaam for most of them also is a good way away from home.
So what next? Well, an immediate thing is a conference before Easter of the Association of Teaching of Mathematics so very much looking forward to that as a way to meet up with old colleagues and meet new ones - and to give my paper, "Is good mathematics teaching a branch of geography?" which I need to get on and write soon. Shortly after Easter I can reoccupy my house on the Hampshire / Berkshire border.
I've been delighted, since starting to make it known that I'm leaving the full-time staff of AKU, that a number of provisional offers for consultancy work have come my way and I'm seriously considering that as a way to go. Particularly, I really like the idea of interspersing paying jobs with mathematics education, educational development and University programme management with expenses only or pro bono work particularly in mathematics education and church life, but will have to see! This may be getting a bit ahead of myself.
It's great to know that, as a qualified and experienced mathematics teacher, I can almost certainly find work in the UK which pays reasonably well, being British is a great privilege which I will never again take for granted. Meanwhile, any suggestions or offers of work gratefully received! And if you're reading this from the UK, I look forward to seeing you again soon.