The AU Study Abroad Outreach Education program started with our departure from Auburn on May 26th, 2012. Since arriving we have had an excellent immersion in the culture in Malawi, Central Africa. Saturday, June 16, 2012 we hosted a Teacher Professional Development Workshop at the Blanchard Multi-purpose room in the Mtendere Village, in Lumbadzi where we all are staying. The workshop was held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and attendees included the Lumbadzi Primary School teachers, Deputy Head Teacher, and Head Teacher as well as Mtendere Village teachers and Head Teacher; 18 education professionals in all. Eleven Auburn University student teachers, Mr. Shakeer Abdullah (Director of the AU Multicultural Center), Dr. Chippewa Thomas (Director of Faculty Engagement, VPUO), and Dr. L. Octavia Tripp (Associate Professor, Curriculum and Teaching, College of Education) presented best practice teaching stratiagies, lifeskills content, and assisted in various capacities to see that the workshop was carried out in success (agenda attached). Each participant in the workshop received registration and workshop materials including a small professional development stipend, a certificate of participation and school supplies for their respective classrooms. We left Malawi on Tuesday, June 19th.There are many more stories to report of our time and work here in Malawi, that our team is looking forward to share.
*Many thanks to Dr. Chippewa Thomas, Director of Faculty Engagement, VPUO, for keeping us up-to-date on this wonderful study abroad experience!