My name is Naomi Crisp and I am one of the lucky few going to Africa with Praxis Malawi this year. I am currently enrolled in the B. Ed program for Elementary Education at Bishop’s University for this coming year. I am originally from Cambridgeshire, England but my family and I moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia 8 years ago. I come from a family of 6, which includes my father, mother, an older sister, older brother and a younger brother. My family means the world to me and I don’t know where I would be without their guidance and support of my dreams. I believe that education is the most important factor in everybody’s life and should not be taken for granted. By education I do not mean schooling, I strongly believe there are many ways for one to learn (such as research projects as this) that doesn’t necessarily include an instructor or classroom. I have a deep love for learning and when opportunities such as these come along I try to soak up as much as possible.
It is hard to say what my expectations are for my time in Malawi as I know I will be continuously developing educationally, culturally, personally and emotionally throughout the stay. My focus will be on the development of professional dialogue within the global community; I will be creating a link between the multiple professional communities (including LEARN, Malawian teachers and Praxis Malawi) in order to provide the support needed to make such a project possible. By forming partnerships with Malawian teachers and observing the classroom myself, I will be able to build upon what I have learnt at Bishop’s University and what I will learn in Malawi to help form a kindergarten/grade 1 curriculum with the others involved. It is important that this curriculum focuses on critical thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship in order to provide the best possible outcome for the community and individual students. Overall, I am incredibly excited to be offered such an experience and know that it will be one I will never forget.
I am Frank Juvenal; a student enrolled in Biochemistry at Bishop’s University. I enjoy learning different languages and as a result, I can now speak more than five languages which includes; Chichewa and English. I also like to play soccer (known as “Football” in Malawi) and volleyball.
My expectation on this wonderful opportunity is to work with Villagers in Malawi under Praxis Malawi where I would like to learn the problems that the People in the rural area experience in farming. As in this way, I plan also to work with the teachers and the elders in Makupo and to find a way of how people can start sustainable farming in terms of community gardens. So, I intend to create a demonstration garden in the community. As a matter of fact, since I have been to Malawi before, I am hoping that the garden will be very helpful to students and the people in the Village.