We have been helping CfCM with a holiday bible club at Maliya primary school. It is only a few miles from Blantyre but in a different world. The school has only 13 staff for nearly 700 pupils, and hardly any material resources. The only access to this isolated village is by using a long rough dirt road which has no minibus or bicycle taxi service. Piped water, sanitation, or a mobile phone service is just a dream.
Wednesday, as I wandered off to look round the school I was struck by these simple but profound “Rules for Talk and Discussion” on the classroom wall.
- No one should laugh at another person’s answer.
- The teacher will listen to every answer.
- If anyone disagrees with an answer they can politely say so and explain why.
- We all understand that mistakes are part of learning.
- It is more important to try than to always be right.
- Everyone is supposed to contribute to the discussion.
- Do not underate someone’s suggestion.
How wonderful to find such great values expounded in a school with so few material resources.
How many of us – especialy the leaders among us – would gain from applying these simple rules into practice in all our dealings with others today?