Summer Trip Update
AEP Board member Elaine Chagnon made her seventh trip to Nigeria from July 22-August 7. Four of the days were spent in Gusau. While there, Elaine met with school administrators to discuss concerns and needs. In addition, she presented the administrators with school supplies donated from the United States.
Elaine was accompanied to Gusau by Ven. Tom Furrer on August 1. He came to discuss with Bishop John the possibility of building a medical clinic on land adjacent to the school. (See Article on page 4). He left on Tuesday morning: Elaine remained until Friday morning.
Because Elaine was in Gusau by herself, she was not allowed to travel to the school as Bishop was unavailable to accompany her. Teacher training was held at the Bishop’s compound, with 25 teachers in attendance.
Much progress was noted in teacher participation and willingness to ask questions. The administration was supportive of addressing teacher concerns and a rich dialogue ensued. New curriculum guides, much improved over the 2011 versions, were also shared. Discussion ensued around a possible trip in February 2017 to observe teachers and students in session. Topics for possible workshops were decided upon as well.