The school desk

The school desk

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I did not think, that we are still waiting for ever, but kiblujemy at school, verbatim. We found, that our African green paradise beyond the lack of roads and endless mountains prepared for us there are many other surprises and it was just one of them. But on the other hand.

Leaving knew Labe, that we have almost 600 km through the mountains of Guinea, but thought, that the most difficult part is over - on, to the border should be the way, sometimes even paved. Slowly, but stubbornly climbed the next mountain passes and despite the blazing sun and humidity unbearable us constantly delighted Guinea.

There was only one problem ... we were hungry! In most of the villages through which we traveled, you can only buy bananas, oranges, peanuts and sometimes bread. In the cities, the market is a little more choice, but most of the products are stored under these conditions, that our stomachs do not give them the advice. Exposed to the sun all day, covered with flies and gathered by hands skreśliliśmy meat and dairy products from our menu after the first poisoning Adam still in Fouta Djalon. We have based diet of vegetables and fruits until the next poisoning, this time my. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye with chives, cucumbers and lettuce. Usually grown on tiny plots in river valleys vegetables are watered with water in which we would not even dip the tip of your finger. For the conditions usually do not have the, Rinse them well to dust and dirt from the street on which they were sold, in other words, were we to fruits and beloved by us bread with peanut butter, a little honey polanym.

However, the sandwich and banana hard przepedałować 70 miles a day in the heat and uphill, So sometimes indifferently passing cassava with onions, yak and fat - no matter how ugly it is to give – it is simply impossible. And in this way is, the third, within one month food poisoning, we got to school. This time, this nasty, Guinean bacterium put us both and it's almost a week! Four months grooving all, even the strangest things in the African menus and nothing. Do not hurt us brawn in Morocco, camel milk in Mauritania, or Kozina in Senegal. Meanwhile, for four weeks in Guinea we had our annual supply of drugs for sick stomach ... ;) We have a whole set of the wonders of Western technology to sterilize water, but how to sterilize food??? You can not hide, Guinea that gave us a hard time. However, there is this bad ... because at school, as I came to myself a little bit, it was fun :)

After a courtesy visit to the chief received permission to stop in the village for as long as we need. Then on the rug with the Director was assigned to us one of the classes, and a moment later, stuffing bikes and a tent between the school benches.

The founder of the school was so UNICEF on its premises was built all at a decent school should be: 7 classroom, small field, drinking water pump, outdoor toilets, and even trash bins. Unfortunately, we noticed, that in Guinea (As in other African countries in which hitherto were) something goes wrong it will not fix. It broke down broke, does not work and so. Therefore, no water pump, field serves as pasture for cows, the toilets are so clogged, that long you can not use them, a trash can like, they do not really understand the African culture, papers because strikes back. In other words, everything decays. It is a sad sight.
Much more fun to do as kids descend on the lessons. Of course, the rumor of the two Port (because now it is called) living in the school already went around the whole area so we all came a little earlier than normal, to see us. The 7 morning by the window peeking into our class any 50 smiling face. As soon as you ran rozgonił director and telling kids crowd, we are sick and need rest. It seems, Then he had a big problem with interest the intricacies of French grammar, because every now and then someone managed to escape from the class and quietly observe us, and the cell what to pofotografować ;) In total, throughout the school day to be descended from the area around 100 children. Morning classes are you the youngest (7 – 12 year), and in the evening starszaki (about 12-15 year), boys and girls separately. In one class is about 40-50 students. How the Guinea is a small class of conditions, because normally they can be, and a hundred. One teacher taught all subjects, but from what we could figure out a mostly French and mathematics. Other items are in high school, that is, in the big cities.

Unfortunately, not all children go to school. Guinea has one of the lowest in West Africa, the proportion of people who could read and write (less than 30% society). Reasons why parents do not send their children to school is a lot of. The simplest is, of course, no school in the area, or money for mandatory uniforms and materials needed. However, very often the kids learn instead of working. Youngest help at home: wear firewood, water, grazing goats. These little older drive to the nearest town. The girls also sold fruit and vegetables, cosmetics, chilled water, cooked eggs or helping mom in running the food booth. The guys usually work in ubiquitous mechanics or at bus stations as beaters customers and help the driver during route.
With one of these kids befriended Adam. Small does not really speak French, but Adam also somehow got along so ;) Boy every morning we passed the way home from work in the forest. He told, the trains to get to the circus in Conakry, capital. For most kids, whose parents can not afford their education, football is the only chance for a better life. Every young boy loves football and in the same breath mention players of African descent in European teams. No kid with which we spoke do not know where is Poland but who everyone knows is Lewandowski. Kids from outside football Guinea have one option - to join the world renowned Guinean troupe of acrobats ...

As always,, as somewhere zasiedzimy, We came away with a heavy heart, but we were healthy and ready for the next surprise, We have prepared for Guinea. For tens of kilometers will begin forests, which is commonly called the jungle, So mentally prepare for the worst ;)