From: Cory [coryh]
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2000 8:53 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: moving to South Africa
I am a theatre teacher in PA contemplating a temporary move to South
Africa. Does anyone know anything about living there? How are
opportunities for theatre teachers? Is it safe?
Cory in PA
Whereabouts in SA? Johannesburg, Pretoria, SOWETO, one of the northern
districts? It makes a world of difference, literally, from 1st world
industrial urban to 3rd world agricultural poverty. I was just involved in
the hosting of a group of educators from around SA, though most were from
the northern provinces. I can tell you that they are wonderful people and
dedicated educators. They need to be; for many of their communities, the
success of education is a matter of life and death, not only for
individuals, but for whole communities.
One thing you will experience there which too few teachers experience here
is respect and, to some degree, awe. Part of this has simply to do with the
fact that you are from the U.S. But a significant part has to do with the
fact that you are considered a person of knowledge, and someone who has the
skills to cultivate knowledge in others.
If you know where you're going, let me know and I may be able to get more
information for you, possibly even some contacts. Right now my only contact
there is with a professor at the Univ. of SA in Pretoria.
Best of luck; it will be a valuable experience for you.
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