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Follow-up SIG day Matopo Project

Posted by Illya on 20 September 2009

The SIG day was a success, I think everyone will agree.

Two  special highlights of the day were related to the Matopo Primary School project run by Cindy Hauert.

From Teacher training in Zimbabwe 2008

The first highlight was to hear the wondeful news that the Roger Federer Foundation has decided to support this project. This is extremely important news as it means that the support can take new dimensions. It’s the children who are the future of any country, and at the current state the future of Simbabwe looks dismal.

Then at the end  the amount of money contributed through the raffle and donations for Matopo School was announced. It was a high figure worthy of the charitable and helpful nature of ETAS and its members.

Several presenters have generously donated their payment to the school. I don’t know many names, but I do know that Peter Travis and Fiona Joseph from flo-joe and splendid speaking websites (see below) were two such people. I would gladly recognize others if I have their names.

Another such presenter was Ian McMaster, from Business Spotlight, who also blogged about the SIG day and the Matopo project. I do invite you to read what he had to say in his post “A penny for their thoughts.”

You can keep informed by reading the Matopo blog, and please do leave a comment. Comments can be very motivating, especially when the prospects seem particularly bleak and the hurdles high (such as getting materials across the border!) and why not become an official follower? This is very easy to do if you already have a google account. Just click on the follower button in the column on the right and help make the group fo supporters grow!

If you know of other such noble acts, please leave a comment so they can be recognized and thanked!

Do good things and talk about it!

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Cardiff IATEFL conference on-line

Posted by Illya on 14 January 2009

LAst year the yearly IATFL conference in Exeter was accompanied by on-line coverage including videos and podcasts (see the according blogposts here). This year the conference will be in Cardiff and the organizers are roaring and ready to go on-line again.

IF you are interested in being part of the fun, read the invitation below and leave a comment. I’ll respond and give you the necessary information:

Have you considered holding a TA Event making use of video sessions and
material from the 2009 Cardiff IATEFL Conference?

We would like to encourage TAs to organise such events so that teacher
associations and their members can take full advantage of the Cardiff Online

As with the 2007 Aberdeen Online project and this year’s Exeter Online
project, we will be providing *free* online coverage of the Cardiff IATEFL

Our web coverage will include over 20 sessions which will be webcast from

We would like to see TAs invite their members to workshops and events which
would feature videos and discussions from the Cardiff IATEFL Conference.

By the way, as of writing, the EVO sessions (see last post) just begun and it is only 3 days away from the ETAS AGM!

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Missed chances and New Year resolutions

Posted by Illya on 18 January 2008

Unfortunately, I missed the ETAS AGM. I was stuck in bed with the flu, and quite disappointed that I missed a great chance to see so many people again, visit the workshops and give my own workshop. I was still toying with the idea of coming down on Saturday morning, but my body just didn’t agree with me.

Dennis, my co-host for the would-be workshop, suggested we do our workshop another time and place. I certainly haven’t given up and am now planning to give it on-line – another first for ETAS! I’ll keep you readers informed in any case!

I also missed the chance to support Cindy in her efforts to ‘sell’ the Matopo Primary school blog . I feel it is my duty to mention here how up-lifting and supportive a few comments would be on the blog. Cindy is working her heart out for the kids and teachers in this little village in Zimbabwe, and it would certainly take little effort to have a look and leave a comment.

Speaking of which, my aim for 2008 is to bring to life a project within a project. I’d like to encourage classes to start collecting school materials and money for shipment for the Matopo project. This could easily be embedded within the English lessons, even from early on.

I’d like to encourage you, the english teacher, to take this opportunity to promote real language  learning/usage and help a good cause at the same time.  Take your class to the Matopo blog and introduce yourselves. You can state your aims, e.g. to collect pencils or erasers or colored pens, etc. of good quality. If you want direct contact to the school. Cindy will gladly help make the bridge.

If you teach adults, general or business, you can use the project to get your learners writing letters requesting for donations – it’s expensive to get the materials shipped!, and who knows, if enough people work together, maybe it would even be possible to send laptops to the school.

Feel free to leave a message here or at the Matopo blog. Cindy and I would love to hear from you!

(note- the video below  is only meant to illustrate the point. It has nothing directly to do with the Matopo Primary School project)

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