INTRODUCING JENIKA ADOLPH AND TANYA CEROVIC
Jenika Adolph and Tanya Cerovic are Teacher Candidates from the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, Canada. They were in Sierra Leone for three weeks in March/April 2010. While in Sierra Leone, they worked with cdpeace communities, schools, teachers and students. They also helped to raise funds for our unpaid and untrained Community Teachers’ Scholarship Program. They have raised funds to send a teacher to collage. cdpeace would like to thank Jenika and Tanya for their contributions, particularly for supporting our schools.
MESSAGE FROM JENIKA ADOLPH AND TANYA CEROVIC
Planet Earth: Sierra Leone!
Hello! Our names are Jenika Adolph and Tanya Cerovic. We are Queen’s University Teacher Candidates, studying to become a Primary/Junior Teacher and an Intermediate/Senior Teacher, respectively. Through a mutual Professor at Queen’s, Dr. William Egnatoff, we were connected with Dr. Thomas Mark Turay, co-founder and Director of cdpeace, Sierra Leone.For our final practicum (alternative teaching practice), we opted to take a leap of faith and come to Sierra Leone to work with cdpeace and the Sierra Leonean students and teachers. We are situated in a small village called Mayagba (approx. 12 miles from the largest city in the Northern Province, Makeni), where cdpeace headquarters is located. We were welcomed to the community with open arms and took about a week to shed our ‘orpotho’ (white person) status and establish our identities as the Canadians, Jenika and Tanya (or as the children say, ‘Jen-knee-kah and Chan-yah’)! Using broken Temne and English, our personalities, experiences and local interpreters (English speakers), we are able to share our work with the community.The projects which we are helping to facilitate include: Teacher training workshops, basketball lessons and most importantly, school twinning. Working alongside Adult Literacy Coordinator, Mr. Mark Fornah, Dr. Turay and Dr. Egnatoff, as well as the incredible cdpeace staff, we are connecting Sierra Leonean schools with their Canadian partner schools.Our first official connection began on March 24, 2010, between Mapaki Primary School in the Paki-Masabong region and the Robert Service Primary School in Dawson City, Yukon. We listened to a live radio broadcast sent from the Dawson City classroom here in Sierra Leone, followed by a feedback and question session from the Mapaki students to the Canadian students, online!Due to a lack of resources and Internet access, twinning is a full-time task, peppered with various obstacles and hard-work, however, we all felt it’s well worth it. By creating a network of sharing and learning about and from each other, we’re enabling the development of a truly peaceful and global community.We’re very excited for the next two weeks and what sharing experiences may arise. We know that we will miss our moonlight bucket showers, dusty ‘Okada’ rides and epic ‘Sports Days’, but most importantly, the communities which have so graciously welcomed us and provided us with a second home and Salone family. Thank you cdpeace!
Jenika and Tanya