Gill Chalkley, Year 6...
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Four British teachers embark on a trip to gain first-hand experience of life at the Moro High School in Kisumu, Kenya.
Louise Goode, Gill Ferry, Kim Kenny and Jill Boucher all teach at Maidenhill Secondary School in Gloucestershire; the winning school in the Wider Horizons competition run by SchoolsWorld and the British Council early in 2006.
When they arrive, some of the teachers - two of whom are only in their second year of teaching - tell the Kenyan headteacher how frustrated they are with the British school system and the behaviour of their students.
The group are soon presented with the challenge of teaching Kenyan pupils who behave, they initially believe, as pupils should, remaining silent, listening and taking notes.
But the teachers eventually find the experience unsettling; they begin to see the complexities of Kenyan society, and start to question some of their preconceptions.
Part of the series: Inspirations