I will never forget the moment when I stepped onto the dirt floor of a small, sparse room in a rural Guinea Bissauan village. It was during this time that my global expedition came into focus: the community creatively used what resources they had, overcoming the scarcity of trained teachers and traditional learning tools by recruiting members of the community and fostering learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. They developed methods and materials organically, based on qualities important to their community at the time, rather than any higher authority. Teachers collaborated with young students as peers, incorporating their ideas and interests and sharing important responsibilities with older children. Students were truly engaged and respected by the learning environment. It wasn’t because it was trendy – it was because it worked.
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