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1 Learning Together: Noonkodin Secondary School and UK schools Grosper Mollel & Kephas Ndiamasi Noonkodin Secondary School

2 Starting from the heart We begin with a traditional prayer, just as the Maasai people do when they have an important meeting. We begin with a traditional prayer, just as the Maasai people do when they have an important meeting. The Maasai call God Engai. The Maasai call God Engai. One person asks God to bless the meeting and the others answer ‘Naai’, which means ‘Amen!’ One person asks God to bless the meeting and the others answer ‘Naai’, which means ‘Amen!’

3 How many people live in your house? You You Your mum, your dad, or both? Your mum, your dad, or both? Step-mums and step-dads? Step-mums and step-dads? Do you have brothers and sisters? Stepbrothers and stepsisters? How many? Do you have brothers and sisters? Stepbrothers and stepsisters? How many? Does anyone have more than seven people living in their house? Does anyone have more than seven people living in their house?

4 If you were a Maasai child in a village in Tanzania, you might have as many as 14 people living in your house! You, your mum and dad, your grandma, 6 brothers, 4 sisters… You, your mum and dad, your grandma, 6 brothers, 4 sisters… And all around it there are other houses, where your aunts, uncles and cousins live… And all around it there are other houses, where your aunts, uncles and cousins live… That’s a lot of children! That’s a lot of children!

5 What jobs does your family do together? People in your family probably work together to keep the house clean and tidy… People in your family probably work together to keep the house clean and tidy… Cook meals and eat them… Cook meals and eat them… Make sure the dishes are washed and put away… Make sure the dishes are washed and put away… Help you get ready for school in the mornings… Help you get ready for school in the mornings… Play and have fun together… Play and have fun together…

6 Maasai families do all those things too! But they do them a bit differently… But they do them a bit differently… They have no electricity and no machines to help them out… They have no electricity and no machines to help them out… So they REALLY have to work together, like one big family. So they REALLY have to work together, like one big family. They eat, sleep and wash together too. They eat, sleep and wash together too. Imagine you could just go round to a neighbour’s house whenever you wanted, eat your dinner there, and sleep there! Imagine you could just go round to a neighbour’s house whenever you wanted, eat your dinner there, and sleep there!

7 Do you have a pet at home? A dog or a cat? A dog or a cat? A hamster, rabbit or guinea-pig? A hamster, rabbit or guinea-pig? Birds, fish, mice, rats, stick insects…? Birds, fish, mice, rats, stick insects…? Whatever kind of animal you’ve got, you have to look after it properly. Whatever kind of animal you’ve got, you have to look after it properly. Making sure it has food and water… Making sure it has food and water… Keeping it clean, safe and healthy… Keeping it clean, safe and healthy… Does anyone here have a pet goat? Does anyone here have a pet goat? How about a cow? How about a cow?

8 The Maasai keep cattle, goats, sheep & donkeys.

9 They have to look after them too!

10 They have to walk a long way to find grass for them to eat and water for them to drink. (See how dry and dusty it is in the summer!)

11 Donkeys are very important to the Maasai villagers. Can you think why? (Clue: there are no cars!)

12 Do you have water taps in your house? You probably never thought about them before - they’re just there. You probably never thought about them before - they’re just there. Turn on the tap and water comes out. But what if it didn’t? Turn on the tap and water comes out. But what if it didn’t? Think about all the things you use water for. Drinking, washing your face and body, washing your clothes, washing the dishes… Think about all the things you use water for. Drinking, washing your face and body, washing your clothes, washing the dishes… The Maasai do all those things too, but they have to fetch their own water. The Maasai do all those things too, but they have to fetch their own water. A 10-year-old Maasai girl might have to carry 10 litres of water for two or three hours! A 10-year-old Maasai girl might have to carry 10 litres of water for two or three hours!

13 Maasai people often have to wait five or six months for rain. Clouds like these make them VERY happy!

14 See how different the village looks after the rain (which might come once or twice a year!)

15 After the rain, the cattle grow fat and healthy and give lots of milk.

16 Where does your food come from? In England it’s easy to get a carton of milk, a tin of corn, and a tin of beans from the supermarket. In England it’s easy to get a carton of milk, a tin of corn, and a tin of beans from the supermarket. It takes 5 minutes to heat the corn and beans! It takes 5 minutes to heat the corn and beans! But what if you didn’t have a supermarket - or any other kind of shop? But what if you didn’t have a supermarket - or any other kind of shop? Think about how you’d get milk, corn and beans. Think about how you’d get milk, corn and beans. Does anyone grow things to eat in their garden at home? Does anyone grow things to eat in their garden at home?

17 The Maasai grow most of their own food. What if you had to milk the cow yourself… What if you had to milk the cow yourself… Your dad had to plough the field… Your dad had to plough the field… You, your mum and your aunts and uncles and cousins had to plant the corn… You, your mum and your aunts and uncles and cousins had to plant the corn… You had to pull up weeds so they didn’t kill the baby corn plants… You had to pull up weeds so they didn’t kill the baby corn plants… You had to scare away monkeys and birds… You had to scare away monkeys and birds… Pick the ears of corn and the bean pods, dry them in the sun, hit them to get the corn and beans out… Pick the ears of corn and the bean pods, dry them in the sun, hit them to get the corn and beans out… And then collect up all the corn and beans and put them into sacks! And then collect up all the corn and beans and put them into sacks!

18 And then you’d have to… Find wood for the fire (remember, no gas or electricity) Find wood for the fire (remember, no gas or electricity) Carry the wood home and chop it into little bits Carry the wood home and chop it into little bits Light the fire Light the fire Chop and fry onions and tomatoes Chop and fry onions and tomatoes Add the corn and beans Add the corn and beans Boil it for two hours Boil it for two hours And – at last – eat it!! And – at last – eat it!! (Would you enjoy it more, after all that work?)

19 But Maasai life isn’t all work. Sometimes they have BIG parties too!

20 So the Maasai really have to be one big family. They call it ‘Enaboishu’ which means UNITY. They call it ‘Enaboishu’ which means UNITY. Everyone works together in building new houses, looking after the animals and growing food. Everyone works together in building new houses, looking after the animals and growing food. Children are very special to the villagers and everyone loves them. Children are very special to the villagers and everyone loves them.

21 Older people are very special to the Maasai too. They tell stories and give wise advice.

22 Maasai and people from other countries are working together to build this school.

23 Noonkodin Secondary School At Noonkodin, young Maasai learn English, Maths, Science and the other subjects, but keep learning their culture and values too. At Noonkodin, young Maasai learn English, Maths, Science and the other subjects, but keep learning their culture and values too. They learn how to work together with people from different tribes and even different countries! They learn how to work together with people from different tribes and even different countries! Years 8-9 have special classes where they talk about their history, share songs and stories, and learn practical skills like cooking and making jewellery. Years 8-9 have special classes where they talk about their history, share songs and stories, and learn practical skills like cooking and making jewellery. Year 10 students go out into the villages to talk to elderly people, find out from them about how to make plant medicines, and put the knowledge into books so that it can be kept for ever. Year 10 students go out into the villages to talk to elderly people, find out from them about how to make plant medicines, and put the knowledge into books so that it can be kept for ever.

24 Noonkodin’s Motto: “The pen is mightier than the spear”

25 TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More! Maasai families work very hard to send their children to Noonkodin, but there are some who can’t find enough money. We can work as a team to make sure that nobody at Noonkodin ever has to leave school because they can’t afford it! Maasai families work very hard to send their children to Noonkodin, but there are some who can’t find enough money. We can work as a team to make sure that nobody at Noonkodin ever has to leave school because they can’t afford it! We can join forces with Noonkodin School to improve its buildings and get more books, computers, equipment, etc. We can join forces with Noonkodin School to improve its buildings and get more books, computers, equipment, etc. In , through its partnerships with UK schools, Noonkodin was able to build a new boys’ dormitory and a new kitchen, equip the science lab, set up a library and install four new computers. In , through its partnerships with UK schools, Noonkodin was able to build a new boys’ dormitory and a new kitchen, equip the science lab, set up a library and install four new computers. Our next goal is to buy a vehicle, so that pupils and staff can be taken to hospital quickly if there is an emergency. Our next goal is to buy a vehicle, so that pupils and staff can be taken to hospital quickly if there is an emergency.

26 Some questions to think about How can we create ‘ENABOISHU’ or ‘UNITY’ in our families, villages and schools? How can we create ‘ENABOISHU’ or ‘UNITY’ in our families, villages and schools? How can we help children in Tanzania and the UK to care about one another, and work together with all different kinds of people – no matter what they wear, what colour their skins are, or where they come from? How can we help children in Tanzania and the UK to care about one another, and work together with all different kinds of people – no matter what they wear, what colour their skins are, or where they come from? What can we learn from the Maasai about living on our beautiful Earth without destroying it? What can we learn from the Maasai about living on our beautiful Earth without destroying it?

27 Unity! Diversity! We are children of many places, Different looks and different ways, But we share one common vision: We are all one family. We are flowers of one garden, We are branches of one tree, We are people of one planet, Unity! Diversity!

28 With thanks to Bob Webzell ARPS, Trustee of Serian UK, for most of the pictures in this slide show.


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