Andrius said to me: I'm just wondering if you might write about your
direction, what you care about, what's on your mind.
I need that invitation. I need to gather my thoughts. As usual when I
come home from Nigeria I feel a bit disorientated.- it is a kind of
reverse culture shock.. I think I adapt more quickly to my situation
in Nigeria than I do to coming back home again - things like the lack of
water and electricity - the pressure of intrusions into "my personal
space", the bad roads and chaotic, anarchic traffic systems, living with
more natural rhythms - waking at cock-crow - rising around dawn, going
to bed fairly early (because the hurricane lamp or candles give little
light) etc. Then I leave my friends still struggling with those everyday
problems, and I come home to life as it is over here - flushing drinking
water down the toilet, hardly aware of dawn or dusk, switching on lights
as soon as it gets a bit gloomy - and of course using the Internet as
effortlessly and I turn on a tap. And there is no more of the endless
quizzing about how everyone slept, how everyone is in their health, how
everyone's family is and so on. All those greetings can get a bit much
- but I kind of miss them when they are gone.
So - I was asked about direction.. I often say that I more or less know
where I am trying to get to - but that getting there is rather like
tacking across the wind.- something which can look, to casual
spectators, like complete changes of direction, not purposeful progress.
Every time I come back from a "reality check" visit it's like the wind
and currents have changed and I have to get my bearings again and reset
So - I'll just touch on a few of the people and places and what I want
to help to happen next. I won't try to explain how and why - or how come
we are at this particular point. It would be too complicated. I can
fill in such details later if anyone needs them in order to act.
Bode - helping him with TT. I need to keep in contact with him now, so
that he continues to develop his own positive experience of being part
of an online community. He was very impressed when we were at the cyber
cafe together and I was able to introduce him to Lorraine for a chat,
and she was helping him to find web links that he needed. . Previously
he had only seen chat used by other people at the cyber cafe for
trivial purposes. usually involving a lot of lies and trying to impress
people. He was delighted to discover it could be used usefully.
It would be good if we could present a TT course together - or at least
go over things in more detail together before he has a go on his own.
I'm trying to get all the resources that I gave him easily available at
Cawdnet Campus - with a view to sharing them with others too, and also
gradually improving them. At present they are just as I used them myself
when I was training teachers. I'd really like to do additional notes
that would make the resources more useful to other trainers who have not
been involved in their development.
Bode is only going to do the "No-Computer Computer Course" part of
Teachers Talking with his teachers at first, because he hasn't got any
computers at his office/training centre.. He's hoping I might be able to
get him a a second hand laptop from somewhere so he can also do some of
the Hands-On Computers practical work. As far as TT-Online goes,
anything he does of that will have to be at the cyber cafe.- so it is
only likely to be possible for the most enthusiastic, because of the cost.
I'm glad Bode and my OCDN friends are getting to know each other and are
interested in how they might work together. Chief Adejumo (chairman of
OCDN) has a long time concern with tackling corruption in local
government. He was particularly interested to hear about some training
that Bode is doing with various church groups, in the Lagos area, to
help people be more aware of how local government should work, and about
issues of accountability.
I'll write about other people and places later.