Today - Tuesday - we awoke with the 0600 alarm ready for a busy day (for Jenny at least) at Katuuso Primary School. No power so no coffee to start the day.
The kids aren’t due for another 3 weeks but most of the teachers (new and old) are busy getting ready for the new year and doing various professional development courses. Jenny has four training sessions planned and they were all scheduled for tomorrow. Today she was going to be busy getting this all ready. We were nearly at the school and I said “What will I do today?”
I had three choices:
(i) continue to work on learning to write iPhone/iPad apps,
(ii) pull together some material for a bird brochure for our friends at Kipling Lodge (to take advantage of their offer of a couple of days free accommodation) or
(iii) revise the bird family models for the bird book/app project I’ve been working on for the last 5 years.
We arrived to find the head teacher Robert in a flap. He’d asked our office in Kampala to print 800 exam papers that our kids had done late last year. The new teachers will be using them to practice marking exams. Unfortunately Robert had forgotten to ask the office staff to white-out the student names on the originals - against Education Department rules - so he was planning on using gallons of liquid paper to blank out the names.
“I’ll do it” I said. Jenny suggested a better solution would be to paste strips of colored paper over the names. That’s what I did nearly all day with help from Jenny and a couple of other people who wandered into the office.
So who knows what I will be doing tomorrow. You should never plan too far ahead in Africa!
On a birding note, I also said as we were driving to work “We haven’t seen Scaly Francolin along the road for several months. It would be nice to get them for 2017”. Ten minutes later a large bird that clearly found flying difficult did a controlled crash onto the road in front of the car - a Scaly Francolin!