Thoughts on our way home from Mozambique


So here we are, on a train home from the airport with baggage filled with a million thoughts and new experiences. One thing that comes to our minds is that it will take at least two generations in Mozambique before we can see a major change in the communities. The change in the way UNICEF helps the schools—it’s no longer just school materials, it’s how to use the materials in the best way, and the focus on education for teachers and the communities will be helpful.

It´s a long and hard battle to get all sides of the community—such as religious groups, social classes, schools, leaders and the people in general—to work together and to see the importance of children’s education.

We have noticed that many adults who work in shops and cafes can’t use simple math: 5-2=?. They need to use a calculator.

But it will happen, I’m sure about it. But they still need the support from us through UNICEF.

I had been unsure of what good it will do. Does the money go to the right thing, and so on? And it does. I have seen it. Even the small things that make the world for one person, like one football for a boy.

A good school can not only change the community; it can change the world!

About Tess Fallgren

IKEA Borlänge is the newest store in Sweden, and I have worked here since the opening process, August 2013. I’m 32 years young and work as a Sales Co-worker, mostly in the Bedroom department and Logistics. I love to travel and to explore new places. I worked with the Swedish army in Kosovo for six months, and humanitarian work is close to my heart. I really look forward to this trip and all the experience it will bring me. It will be the trip of my life. Ikea Borlänge är Sveriges nyaste varuhus och jag har jobbat här sedan öppning, aug 2013. Jag är 32 år ung och jobbar som säljare mestadels på sovrum samt med logistik. Jag tycker om att resa och upptäcka nya ställen. Jag har jobbat inom försvaret och har varit 6 mån i Kosovo och humanitärt arbete ligger mig nära om hjärtat. Jag ser verkligen fram emot den här resan och all erfarenhet den kommer att ge mig. En resa för livet.

How UNICEF works in the community in Mozambique


In order to learn how UNICEF works in the community in Mozambique, we have attended several meetings—not only with the local district authorities but also with partners like a local radio station and a police officer focusing on domestic violence. The most interesting for me was meeting with a school council of school employees, religious leaders and parents. Even one of the students was a member of this school council.

School council boy

School council boy

It was very interesting to hear what the council said about the support from UNICEF. He told us that he was very proud of the schools, and the biggest difference was that the school now belongs to the community and not to the teachers and principals. Personally, I think it’s really great that they are changing the way of thinking. Now they’re thinking more of how to make it better in the long term and not only day by day. Now they have well-trained teachers who follow the child-friendly programme. Not only the school councellor, but even teachers and some students were very thankful for UNICEF’s support, and you could tell that they knew a lot about how much we support them.

School council

School council

Then we got an invitation to a mobile educational theatre in a nearby village. Mobile units are present in 190 locations and in eight provinces in Mozambique. There were a lot of children in the schoolyard. For me it was very intense to watch the theatre and the documentary shown afterward because the message was so basic and obvious. The main topic of the documentary was the importance of girls’ education. One generation ago, girls weren’t allowed to go to school, and if they did they got a bad reputation. But now it is finally starting to change, and girls are as welcome in school as boys are. Probably it needs at least another generation to become more common, but at least it’s a start.

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Theatre

In that yard they also had a tent, sponsored by UNICEF, where anyone who wants can get tested for HIV and get health support and information about this virus.

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About Hanna Widell

I am 21 years old and I grew up only a short distance from the hometown of IKEA, Älmhult in Sweden. I have worked at IKEA since the opening process of the store in Borlänge, August 2013. I am a Sales Co-Worker in all departments of IKEA. I work where I am needed the most, but my main area is the Kitchen department. In my free time I like to travel, discover and share a good laugh with family and friends. My latest adventure was to walk up the hill of the highest mountain in Sweden, Kebnekaise. Jag är 21 år och växte upp väldigt nära Älmhult där IKEA har sitt ursprung. Jag har jobbat på IKEA sedan augusti 2013 och alltså varit med sedan öppningsprocessen till det nyöppnade varuhuset i Borlänge. Jag jobbar som poolare vilket innebär att jag är säljare på alla avdelningar och hjälper till där behovet är som störst, men främst på köksavdelningen. På fritiden gillar jag att resa, upptäcka nya saker och umgås med familj och vänner. Mitt senaste äventyr var att vandra upp för Sveriges högsta berg, Kebnekaise.

Our first impressions of Mozambique


After a long and exhausting trip, we finally arrived in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. The first impression of the country was shocking for all of us, and the feeling was kind of mixed. There were barefoot children on the street and destroyed buildings next to great palaces. Every nice place that was not destroyed had at least one guard outside the gate. There are street sellers everywhere who are selling fruit, nuts, sunglasses, shoes and so on.

Here's an old and destroyed building in Maputo - By Thérése Fallgren

Here’s an old and destroyed building in Maputo – By Thérése Fallgren

After a night of rest, the programme started this morning with a meeting at the UNICEF country office. We got information about the country. Before that, we didn’t know what to expect or have any facts about the situation for children in the country. We would like to share some information with you that we have learned today from the UNICEF representative, Dr. Koen Vanormelingen:

• More than a half of the population are under 18 in Mozambique
• 6.3 % of the children can’t read or write in third grade
• One out of ten children won’t reach their fifth birthday

They might sound like bad numbers, but if you compare it to last year the numbers are getting better every day. Actually, this is one of the most developing countries in the world right now.

Here's the iWitnesses together with the UNICEF - By Hanna Widell

Here’s the iWitnesses together with the UNICEF – By Hanna Widell

After we got something to eat and could talk about all the impressions that we got during the meeting, we went to Radio Mozambique. They have radio programmes broadcast by children to children, but not only for children. They talk about issues in the country, informing the listeners about the daily life and problems, like nutrition, how to talk to their parents, child marriage, HIV and children’s rights.

When meeting all the children, we all got a very strong impression. Everyone was very motivated and confident about themselves. Their team works very hard and takes care of the whole process. Some were producers and some were reporters. They took us to the studio where they do their daily broadcasts, and they interviewed Hanna, one of the Swedish participants. It was great to see how professional the kids were. The interviewer, Mike—who was only 17 years old—was amazing! Hanna got the opportunity to answer some questions about European kids and also she could leave a message for all the Mozambique children.

Helga, Klára, Marek, Martina, Thérése and Hanna

Here's the iWitnesses and the children from the radio - By Hanna Widell

Here’s the iWitnesses and the children from the radio – By Hanna Widell

 

About Helga Kovacs

I’m a 25-year-old, open-minded and socially-focused woman who loves travelling and learning about other cultures. This is going to be my first trip to Africa, and I’m really looking forward to it, to seeing what are we working for. I hope I’m going to learn the value of our projects and see how people’s lives can get better. Egy 25 éves nyitott és szociálisan érzékeny nő vagyok aki szeret utazni és minél többet megtudni más kultúrákról. ez az első utam Afrikába, nagyon várom, hogy lássam többek között azt, hogy miért dolgozunk. Remélem meglátom az értékét a kezdeményezéseinknek és megtapasztalhatom hogyan tesszük kicsit jobbá az emberek életét.

My Africa adventure is coming


Only my way to our big trip to Mozambique!

I finally have managed to have all the vaccinations and can’t wait to catch our first plane and just be on the way. There is some stuff to manage still, but everything moves so fast right now.

Step by step we got a lot of information about this trip, like where we are going, what we will see… We still do not have our visas, so I hope everything will be fine and we will get them without any problems. :-)

On the other hand, I’m quite nervous. In Mozambique, we will meet a totally different culture, and I’m not really sure what exactly to expect.

We will just see :-)

About Klara Jirku

I`ve been working at IKEA since 2012 as a graphic desginer. At the same time, I’ve been volunteering as a guide for blind people. My other hobbies are travelling, taking photos, discovering new places and reading. I also love animals and flying :-) V IKEA pracuji od roku 2012 jako grafik. Stejnou dobu také dobrovolničím jako průvodce nevidomých. Moje další koníčky jsou cestování, fotografování, objevování nových míst a čtení. Také miluji zvířata a létání :-)

Introducing the Swedish co-workers going to Mozambique


We are Hanna and Thérése, two Swedish girls who have been working at IKEA since the opening process of the store in Borlänge in August 2013, mainly in the Kitchen and Bedroom departments. Both of us love to work with other people and are so pleased that we have been selected to go to this trip in Mozambique. We are looking forward to meeting our colleagues from other countries and to witnessing our cooperation with UNICEF.

Humanitarian work is something that we both care very much about, and the expectations are to share our experiences through pictures, movies and blogging. During our trip to Mozambique, we will see life in reality, and we hope that it will inspire us and others to work on humanitarian issues all around the world.

IKEA makes a different to the many people, and we are proud to represent IKEA Borlänge.

About Hanna Widell

I am 21 years old and I grew up only a short distance from the hometown of IKEA, Älmhult in Sweden. I have worked at IKEA since the opening process of the store in Borlänge, August 2013. I am a Sales Co-Worker in all departments of IKEA. I work where I am needed the most, but my main area is the Kitchen department. In my free time I like to travel, discover and share a good laugh with family and friends. My latest adventure was to walk up the hill of the highest mountain in Sweden, Kebnekaise. Jag är 21 år och växte upp väldigt nära Älmhult där IKEA har sitt ursprung. Jag har jobbat på IKEA sedan augusti 2013 och alltså varit med sedan öppningsprocessen till det nyöppnade varuhuset i Borlänge. Jag jobbar som poolare vilket innebär att jag är säljare på alla avdelningar och hjälper till där behovet är som störst, men främst på köksavdelningen. På fritiden gillar jag att resa, upptäcka nya saker och umgås med familj och vänner. Mitt senaste äventyr var att vandra upp för Sveriges högsta berg, Kebnekaise.

Sports are more than just fun and games in Mozambique


Our next group of IWitnesses is visiting Mozambique with UNICEF, and today we kick off with a wonderful post about how sports can encourage children to go to school—and stay there.

Anastácia Wilson from UNICEF Mozambique

Anastácia Wilson from UNICEF Mozambique

My name is Anastácia Wilson and I work as an Education Programme Officer at UNICEF Maputo. I am responsible for physical education (PE) and sports under the Child Friendly Schools Initiative. PE and sports were introduced as part of the global International Inspiration Programme, a legacy of the London 2012 Olympics, with the goal of reaching 20 countries and 12 million children all over the world, aiming to connect children with the inspiring power of sports in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012.

This programme led to the revitalization of PE in schools and it is producing encouraging results. In partnership with the Ministry of Education, we successfully advocated for creating space for PE and sports in schools, and this has led to the decision for scaling up PE and sports across the country. The key achievements have been reaching out to over 250,000 children in 450 schools, training over 5,000 teachers, and developing a PE manual.

My interest in sports comes from my school years, when I actively participated in school games and festivals. I travelled around the country and made long-lasting friendships based on the values of sports: team spirit, respect, self-control, fairness and responsibility.

As we are assessing the programme through the mid-term review, even though we acknowledge that PE and sports and other components of the Child Friendly Schools Initiative have been instrumental in attracting new learners as well as encouraging retention among those already attending schools, we also realise that there are still challenges around making children learn how to read and write well.

This takes me back to my first day in a classroom. I was about four years old, and my older sister took me along as there was nobody else at home to look after me. Her teacher was kind enough to let me in and gave me a paper to draw on. I thought to myself, “This is my chance to let everybody know that I can write. It seems so easy.” So, I started “copying” what was on the board and ended up with something like four pages of “meaningless characters.” When I reached home I proudly handed it over to my mother and said, “Look, I wonder why people spend so much time in school studying… it took me just one day!” She refrained in order to avoid my disappointment, but when the news leaked, it became the joke of the year. Weeks later my father bought me a slate and my sister started teaching me how to spell. I still remember how painful it is to have something written in your language but you can’t read it.

UNICEF Mozambique - Child Friendly Schools

UNICEF Mozambique – Child Friendly Schools

There is a common consensus that among the basic learning needs, reading and writing stand out. It is a basic and essential competency for the formation of critical thinking and to have access to other knowledge and continue learning throughout life.

Teaching children to read and write is one of the biggest challenges that the education system and society face in Mozambique. Thus, I am glad that I am in UNICEF working with the Ministry of Education to promote reading and support pilot programmes to help accelerate and strengthen children’s ability to read and write. I firmly believe that if we can use sports to encourage children to go to school, then we can help them become active learners—and that will improve their reading and writing skills. Not only that, but we can teach them how to be better citizens through sharing the values of sports, such as fair play and teamwork.

I am grateful and thankful to the IKEA Foundation and to other national and international like-minded partners for their support of UNICEF Mozambique’s education programmes. Their support is a very valuable and a worthwhile investment.

Anastácia Wilson works as Programme Officer in the Education Section at UNICEF Mozambique. She is responsible for the Physical Education and Sports Component of the Child Friendly Schools Initiative. Ms. Wilson trained as a teacher at the Language Institute and has a degree in Management and Business Administration from the Universidade Politécnica in Maputo. Prior to joining UNICEF, she worked as an English language teacher and Head of Department at Escola Industrial 1º de Maio in Maputo.

About Juli Riegler

Juli is the IKEA Foundation's Digital Communications Manager. Next to managing the IKEA Foundation's website and Facebook account she works closely with Save the Children and UNICEF and IKEA's yearly Soft Toys for Education campaign. She enjoys doing a lot of different sports, travelling and connecting with people from around the world.

What makes it all possible


Anton Nyman works for UNICEF Sweden, and he recently returned from an IWitness trip to Sierra Leone. Here he explains why the IKEA Foundation’s funding is so important for UNICEF’s work, and he thanks IKEA co-workers for helping UNICEF improve children’s education in Sierra Leone.

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Over the last couple of days, I have had the privilege of visiting Sierra Leone with five IKEA co-workers. The purpose of the visit is to see and learn more about the programmes that the IKEA Foundation supports in Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world.

Here we have met teachers, children and community leaders, and we have seen and experienced a lot. And from my experience, I can truly say that the money donated to UNICEF’s programmes on child-centered teacher training and emerging issues is making a massive impact and gives more children access to a good education. But that does not surprise me at all. Actually, that it is something that, as a UNICEF employee, I expect to see on a visit like this. It is our job and mission to support vulnerable children and to make sure that their rights are listened to and acted upon. There is still very much to be achieved in the work for children in Sierra Leone, but the work done is really pushing in the right direction.

School picture - by Martin Nordin

School picture – by Martin Nordin

What really has made an impression on me during this visit is what makes it all possible. Of course, there are a lot of factors that have to work to make it all happen. We need the right staff, the right local partner, a connection with the right authorities, and so on. But without money coming in from private donors, corporate partners and governments, none of this would be possible. Without the support from the IKEA Foundation toward this specific programme, fewer children would have the opportunity to get a good education. It is as simple as that.

The most common comment I get when telling people that I work for UNICEF is: “It must be great to work for an organisation that really does something important. That really makes a difference.” And yes, it is truly a privilege to work for UNICEF, because children and societies really benefit through the work that we do.

But the change made for children is not just thanks to UNICEF or any other non-governmental organisation. It is thanks to dedicated people. It is thanks to our engaged donors and partners. It is thanks to people like you, working at IKEA and making it a successful business, that more children in Sierra Leone and many other places can get the quality education they have the right to get. It is your engagement and dedication to do a good job that makes it all possible. It is from the sales of beds, lights and bookshelves that children in Sierra Leone are given the tools they need to rise from poverty. It is thanks to your work with selling soft toys that more children can face a better future.

Soft Toy picture - by Martin Nordin

Soft Toy picture – by Martin Nordin

So all I can say is thanks. Thanks for your engagement and dedication. It must be great to work for an organisation that really does something important. That really makes a difference for a lot of children.

Feel pride in what you do, because what you do is great!

Best regards,
Anton Nyman
Senior Corporate Officer
UNICEF Sweden

About Juli Riegler

Juli is the IKEA Foundation's Digital Communications Manager. Next to managing the IKEA Foundation's website and Facebook account she works closely with Save the Children and UNICEF and IKEA's yearly Soft Toys for Education campaign. She enjoys doing a lot of different sports, travelling and connecting with people from around the world.

Powerful mothers


We left our motel in Kabala at 8:30 a.m., driving for about one hour north on very bumpy roads, shaking us properly through. The bad roads connecting some of the main cities like Makeni and Kabala are one of the reasons the economy is not picking up as quickly as it could. The area around Kabala is rich in fertile soil and cattle farming, but farmers cannot sell their crops transporting them beyond their local markets is a logistical challenge. One can only commute from one town to another with a motorbike or off-road vehicle.

What the locals call a “match-stick tree” because it lights up very quickly when fire is around. – by Juli Riegler

What the locals call a “match-stick tree” because it lights up very quickly when fire is around – by Juli Riegler

When we arrive at our destination, the small village of Musaia, we are welcomed by a group of people singing and dancing. All the schoolchildren are lined up, the girls to the left of the road and the boys to the right. They wave and cheer, their eyes filled with excitement and curiosity.

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Warm welcome as we walk together to the local primary school – by Juli Riegler

Cause Canada is UNICEF’s implementing partner in the Koinadugu district, working actively in eight out of 11 chiefdoms to promote education and the empowerment of women. After the wonderful warm welcome and introduction, we get the chance to speak to the mothers’ club that was initiated by UNICEF and implemented by Cause Canada in 2010 in Koinadugu District. Since then, the mothers’ club has been very successful in sensitising the surrounding villages toward education, children’s rights and women’s empowerment.  The 23 women don’t necessarily need to be mothers but rather women who have a strong belief in their children’s education, equality and human rights.

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The club’s main focus is the education of children living in their community. If children don’t show up at school, representatives of the mothers’ club go and speak to the parents to find out the reason. If a child is not home sick but is working, they will convince the parents to allow the child to go back to school. The club manages its own money and has a designated person overseeing the budget. The money is typically invested in food and school supplies but can also be invested into projects like building water wells or school maintenance. To keep building their financial resources, the mothers also produce agricultural products and sell them so they can reinvest into their children’s education. The club’s work is fully voluntary.

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This little girl has lost her mother and is now looked after by women in the mothers’ club, who will take care of her and make sure she goes to the local primary school once she turns six years old.

The women also engage strongly in the rights of the girl child. They fight teenage marriage and pregnancies, which still happen often in Sierra Leone. A couple of years ago, they heard about a girl in town who was to be married to a local policeman. They got highly involved and finally called the police to get the girl back. They managed to stop the marriage.

Children from the local primary school. They carried their school benches outside to be able to welcome us – by Juli Riegler

Children from the local primary school. They carried their school benches outside to be able to welcome us – by Juli Riegler

The mothers’ club also experienced a small scale-up because a neighbouring community followed their example and started their own club. The mothers invited us for lunch in their village. They had cooked perfectly seasoned vegetable rice and prepared fresh meat. They offered us fresh oranges, bananas and the tastiest pineapple I have ever eaten.  Once finished eating, they performed a final dance to thank us before saying goodbye.

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The women from the mothers’ club had cooked for us and served fresh oranges, bananas and pineapple for dessert. The hospitality of Sierra Leone is wonderful.

The women from the mothers’ club – by Juli Riegler

The women from the mothers’ club – by Juli Riegler

Today was very inspiring and positive as we got to see how a few women can team up together and—sometimes even against the support of their husbands—drive a lot of change in their society. They are passionate about ensuring high-quality education for their children and protecting them from early marriages and pregnancies so they can complete primary and  secondary school, which is not very common in rural parts of Sierra Leone. We met strong individuals who are motivated and constantly plan new projects to increase the quality of living and to create a better future for their children. The mothers’ club impressed us deeply, and I believe this is a wonderful model that will hopefully be copied by many more communities in the future.

Children who are not of school age yet came running towards us when we visited the newly build primary school in the Wara Wara Yagala chiefdom – By Juli Riegler

Children came running towards us when we visited the newly build primary school in the Wara Wara Yagala chiefdom – by Juli Riegler

 

 

About Juli Riegler

Juli is the IKEA Foundation's Digital Communications Manager. Next to managing the IKEA Foundation's website and Facebook account she works closely with Save the Children and UNICEF and IKEA's yearly Soft Toys for Education campaign. She enjoys doing a lot of different sports, travelling and connecting with people from around the world.

Education is empowerment


Children are the most important people in the world. We know that when children are educated, encourage and empowered, they have the power to change their lives and the community around them. Taking responsibility is a privilege, and that is what IKEA is doing through the IKEA Foundation and its partners like UNICEF and Save the Children.

By Natalia Hahn

By Natalia Hahn

Today we met with a really inspiring teacher named Susan in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. We had met her on Monday and she spoke only briefly to us that day—she was so intriguing that we had to come back and interview her. Susan was one of the first Sierra Leonean facilitators to be able to take part in training sponsored by UNICEF on emerging issues. This training enables teachers to identify the most significant current issues in Sierra Leone and to rise to overcome them. These issues and topics include child rights, human rights, equality for all, women’s issues, health and sanitation, deforestation and more. Teachers learn how to address these issues and to positively mentor children around them.

By Natalia Hahn

By Natalia Hahn

When we interviewed Susan, a teacher at Port Loko Primary School and a lecturer at the Port Loko Teachers College, we saw an ambassador in her. We saw someone who was inspiring, knowledgeable, caring, energetic, dedicated and animated. She really understood that children need to be sensitised towards cultural issues in Sierra Leone—that children need to respect each other and realise that they are equal, like brothers and sisters. Susan realises that if a country with more women than men fails to see the importance of quality education for female children, that society will fail them. She believes that children are the future of Sierra Leone, so they need to be equipped for the world of tomorrow, to understand that women have a place in society outside of the home, and that education and awareness can lead to empowerment.

Susan grew up in a small village and had one school uniform. She says that she owes her education and teaching career to her mother, who believed in the power of education for all children and for her daughter.

By Natalia Hahn

By Natalia Hahn

Now Susan is a role model. She practices what she preaches. She teaches friendliness, love, equality, respect—and then models those qualities herself. She takes it upon herself to educate other teachers about what she knows. Then, the knowledge is like a gift that keeps on giving. Children share their knowledge with their families and then their communities. Susan says this is how the attitudes in Sierra Leone can change and create a better society.

By Natalia Hahn

By Natalia Hahn

The parallel that I see in what Susan is doing and the IKEA Foundation’s IWitness programme is that our co-workers are ambassadors for the work that our partners are doing for those in need. Our co-workers go out into the field, see first-hand the impacts of the Good Cause campaigns and the education programmes – and take the experience back to their stores to share the good news. The good news then spreads about the importance of the successes of the Good Cause campaigns.

There is no telling how proud I am to be an IKEA co-worker when I see people like Susan—when I see real gratefulness and enthusiasm for the support that IKEA is giving their projects. We are contributing to real change in society, something that is long lasting and gives people the opportunity to help and empower themselves with proper tools and knowledge.

By Natalia Hahn

By Natalia Hahn

About Natalia Hahn

I am a sustainability leader for IKEA Group, focusing on co-worker engagement and community strategy. I work closely with the IKEA Foundation to ensure relevant and timely communication within the IKEA Group and to our co-workers. I come from IKEA Canada, where I worked as a sustainability manager before moving to Sweden in January 2013. I have a two-year-old son whom I love to spend time with.

Everyone benefits from child friendly teaching methods


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RC Primary School in Foredugu village – by Martin Nordin

“One of our boy’s mother died. His father said he needed him to drop out of school and start working. The boy answered: I need to go to school, it’s as important as my name.” – Mr. Ibrahim, Teacher, DEC Primary School, Buya village.

UNICEFs Land Cruisers going through tough terrain to get to the School in Buya village. Photo by Martin Nordin

UNICEFs Land Cruisers going through tough terrain to get to the School in Buya village. Photo by Martin Nordin

It’s Wednesday morning, we are leaving Makeni for a 45 minute drive to the village of Foredugu to meet with teachers and children that have benefited from the CCTT and EMI programmes. We are all eager to get on the road, going out to the school and seeing first-hand how this works; it’s what we are here for.

Mr. Dumbuya, Teacher at RC Primary School, Foredugu village - By Melani Schultz

Mr. Dumbuya, Teacher at RC Primary School, Foredugu village – by Melani Schultz

“When we were working with the old method I felt like an instructor and the children felt very ashamed when they answered wrong. Children were in fear. Now, when working with the CCTT method the children feel empowerd, like they take care of their own education, like they are doing it themselves.” – Mr Dumbuy, Teacher

Students in the classroom of RC Primary School in Foredugu village - By Martin Nordin

Students in the classroom of RC Primary School in Foredugu village – by Martin Nordin

“In some schools they still use coporal punishment, using the cane to correct students. When we meet teachers we explain to them the benefit of not hitting children. When they say they still need the cane to point the board, we say, use your finger instead” – Mr. Alhaji

Mr. Ibrahim Koroma teaching matter in the science class at DEC Primary School in Buya village - by Martin Nordin

Mr. Ibrahim Koroma teaching matter in the science class at DEC Primary School in Buya village – by Martin Nordin

“Now working with the CCTT method it really feels like the children dare to challenge us, they even teach us sometimes. Like when I talk about different fishing techniques, the children contribute with examples of the local techniques used in thier own community and that adds to all our knowledge.” – Mr. Ibrahim, Teacher, DEC Primary School, Buya village

RC Primary School in Foredugu village. Photo by Martin Nordin

RC Primary School in Foredugu village. Photo by Martin Nordin

About Martin Nordin

I'm a senior art director working at IKEA Communications Creative Hub in Malmö. I have been working at IKEA for seven years. I'm 36 years old and live in Malmö with my family. For the last couple of years, I've been working with the IKEA Good Cause campaigns: Soft Toys for Education and Brighter Lives for Refugees. I'm very much looking forward to getting out in the field and seeing the real work being done by our partners and the things our efforts have achieved.