There is currently a debate happening in education right now in Senegal about reading instruction. Right now, students are taught in elementary school to read in French. However, French isn't the mother tongue of most students. There are three predominantly three languages that are the mother tongue of most students: Wolof, Pular, and Sere. However, students are taught to read in French. The argument has been whether students should learn how to read in their MOTHER TONGUE or in the LINGUA FRANCA (which would be French). The problem with students learning how to read in their mother tongue is that there currently aren't any resources (books, etc) in Wolof, Pular, or Sere. Assessments would need to be aligned and materials would have to be created. At least it is opening
After we left the embassy - we headed to Little Buddha for lunch and had traditional Yassa Poulet. Ohhhh man, it was delicious! It has been my favorite food item so far out here! It is chicken and rice, made with a yummy onion sauce! It was the BEST! Mmmmmm!
After that, our group went on a walk (to walk off some lunch) and took some pictures at an outdoor gym. There are tons of pictures outside on the cliff overlooking the ocean. It's beautiful. At night, there are tons of people working out and using all the free equipment. We had fun with our
Tomorrow we leave for our host community - Nioro Du Rip. I am anxious to meet our host teacher and get to see the host community we will be staying in for a week. It's about a 4-hour drive from Dakar and we leave at 9am. Hopefully, I will be able to post (if we have wifi). :)