Dankawalie Secondary School, located in Dankawalie village eighteen miles east of Kabala, has hosted a Young Writers club for 5½ years now, and what can we say, it just keeps improving! As you can see from the photo, there is ample space in the school library for their meetings, where there is often content conferencing going on as well as peer and teacher editing groups. I conducted a mini-lesson on Friday using The Shy Scarecrow by Mary Packard, to demonstrate how the students can read books aloud to their younger brothers and sisters using the library's picture book section.
Unfortunately, the wonderful light you see in the library is soon to dim: it and the light in the other classrooms comes from a few translucent pans in the roof which turned out to be of such poor quality that they melted, turned brittle, and leaked their substances onto the corrugated sheets near them, eroding them as well, so before the rains begin we will be replacing them with regular zinc sheets. We are constantly struggling against the poor quality of imported building materials in Sierra Leone. Hopefully, before too long someone will make available good quality translucent roofing sheets and we will be able to get our light back.