Original version published on Omprakash. Keeping children in education can be threatened by a variety of factors: low funding and investment, lack of teacher training, large class sizes, geographical barriers, and child labour, to name a few. In contexts where … Continue reading Invisible Learning
The last two months have been a steep learning curve, to say the least. I’ve been volunteering with Dar a Luz Honduras, which campaigns for respectful maternity care and raises awareness of human rights in childbirth to lower rates of maternal … Continue reading Dar a Luz Honduras
Having spent the first part of my trip learning about literacy and education initiatives, I am shifting focus to the second theme of my project: how health affects women’s livelihoods and opportunities. Healthcare is a spiderweb of issues and the more I learn, the more cans of worms I feel like I open, but in this post I will try to summarise the main topics. I’ll be blogging more in-depth about specific topics as I learn more over the coming months. Sexual & Reproductive Health Sexual and reproductive health covers a multitude of issues: sex education, pregnancy, access to contraception … Continue reading Women & Healthcare
(Forgive the horrendous lateness of this post; I’m now back with a working laptop, new passport and time to catch up on how my trip has been going.) Following my time at Biblioworks and the brief segue to La Paz … Continue reading Biblioteca Interactiva de Baños
The last two weeks have been surreal. I can’t really think of a better word for it. Last Monday, one of my bags got stolen, containing my passport, laptop and travel journal, among other less important things. I’d been back in Sucre to extend my visa, the bus back to Redención was packed and I didn’t realised until we arrived that my backpack hadn’t finished the journey. It sucked. In all my cumulative years of travelling and working abroad, I have never felt so small and alone as I did last Monday night. But this post isn’t about how awful … Continue reading Things That Matter
It’s really hard to create a perfect volunteer placement. Almost impossible, even. It’s a complex navigation between host community needs and expectations, volunteers’ skills, cultural sensitivity, collaboration, logistics, goals, and usually a lot of compromise. With that in mind, I’ve … Continue reading Navigating Responsibility
Outside my biology classroom in secondary school there was a poster that said ‘Reach for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars’. Incredibly cheesy, yes, but somehow eight years later I still haven’t forgotten it. I … Continue reading What Makes a School?