We did some of most amazing things during our trip. We hiked up to the Zomba Plateau through a potato path, went to the Blantyre Bullets soccer game, explored the local market and were invited to our new friend’s home to meet his family. All of it was so surreal, but working at Molanje Primary School had to be the most incredible--the learners, the educators, the village--all of it. The dedication to literacy, the holistic inclusion of the whole community, and ownership of young people's futures was so inspiring. As I stood beside my camera, framing close up shots and saw the Malawi learners’ eyes light up and smiles take over their faces, the tears welled up in my eyes. It is groundbreaking, the ability to connect students thousands of miles, two languages, and seeming two worlds apart. I think about my own education; I was left to paint a picture of the world from news reports, textbooks and what others told me. I was never directly interacting or hearing from my peers across the globe. Both the U.S. and Malawi students truly had the opportunity to speak peer to peer.
There is so much time and preparation that goes into a live broadcast. Even when everything is in order you find yourself fine tuning things up until the very last minute. You think of the most ridiculous situations that may arise. So much can go wrong, but as I have witnessed ( a few times now!), the risk, is totally worth the reward.
Zikomo , Malawi.