The fifth Changing Lives program again featured activities in conjunction with the Madrasati Initiative, Jordan Media Institute and AlAman Fund for the Future of Orphans.
Activities with Madrasati at AlRasheed Elementary Boys School in Jabal Hussein included English teaching in the form of games, music, a variety of sporting activities, career guidance and debate workshops and the beautification of the. All of these projects had a strong emphasis on improving the use of the English language for the local students and encouraged the cultural exchange between the two groups.
The school principal, teachers and students positively and enthusiastically engaged with the foreign students and a strong bond was formed between the entire group. Jordanian students responded with tokens of appreciation which touched the hearts of all the foreign students and left a lasting impression. For example, one of the school students, Ahmad Abu Al-Haijaa, wrote a poem about the Program, another one, Ahmad Rimawi, observed the British students from afar and on the day of saying good-bye, presented each one with a personalized sketch.
One of the Coventry students, Yinka Oginni, noted that “Many of the boys I was teaching had a very basic understanding of the English language. However, by the end of my time with them they were beginning to devise sentences and converse with me. This alone is something that brings a smile to my face whenever I think of my time in Jordan. The welcoming spirit of the Jordanians made the journey also very special and paved the way to many friendships that were formed between other young people at The Jordan Media Institute & The AlAman Fund for the Future for Orphans.”