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Senegal has its own science curriculum. Textbooks that align with this curriculum are published in Senegal. However, few rural schools have textbooks. Teachers often teach from their college notes. Rotary has provided over 1400 biology, chemistry and physics textbooks to three high schools in Senegal this year.
When the schools have no textbooks, the teachers draw pictures on the board and dictate lessons. Students copy and memorize the lessons. Although most of the science teachers have an adequate understanding of science theory, few have any practical experience. Physics teachers teach simple electronic circuits, but they have never seen resistors, diodes and capacitors. They have never used a voltmeter.
Teacher training is emphasized to insure that the impact of the program continues long after the end of the formal program. A Rotary training team, which includes Linda Carlson (Rotary Club of Canon City) and Jean and David Smith (Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs) travel to Senegal where they conduct teacher training workshops. This year, 60 teachers were trained to perform simple laboratory experiments that align with the Senegalese science curriculum. In addition, 21 high school science students were trained to present Science Day to nearly 300 sixth grade students.
The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May every year.
Life in Niger is generally harsh. The country is the size of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona combined. About 80% lies in the middle of the Sahara Deseret where the annual rainfall is usually less than 1 inch. A narrow strip on the south western corner, which includes Niamey, may receive 20 inches of rain a year, but it all comes within 2-3 months. Of course temperatures are HOT. Niger is consistently ranked as one of the poorest countries in Africa by the UN Human Development Index. Yet Rotary is strong in Niamey!
My host, Gaston Kaba, joined Rotary in 1988. While serving as president in 1993-1994, he inducted the first 3 women Rotarians in Niger. He has been involved with many international projects, which were sponsored by organizations in Germany, France, Canada, USA, Belgium and many other countries. Gaston studied at both UC Berkeley and SUNY Albany, so he speaks all forms of American. His father, Jean Kaba, was one of the original founders of Rotary in Niamey. During the great drought of 1969-1974, their Rotary club worked with 41 clubs in Europe to deliver 10 tons of medical supplies to those fleeing the expanding desert. They also created the Niamey Blood Bank and built a health center.