South-African students visiting Norway, 2024

 

For the second time we have South-African students visiting Tromsø and Stonglandseidet. 

Week 3 at Borgtun

We noticed that there are both major and minor differences in classroom management and pedagogical aspects between Norwegian schools and South African schools. South African learners display more discipline because they tend to adhere to the rules implemented by the...

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Week 3 in Senja

Hello from Senja! We have had an amazing last full week of school filled with incredible experiences both in and out the classroom. As the experience comes to an end, we are all filled with bittersweet feelings as the excitement of returning home to our loved ones...

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Week 2 at Borgtun

Week 2 has been really insightful and we have already learnt so much. Once we had gotten used to the cold temperature we were able to make observations on the infrastructure and physical environment of the school. A normal day at the school starts at 8.30am till...

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Week 2 at Stonglandseidet, Senja

Hello from Stonglandet Skole!After a full week of school, it is safe to say that we have settled in well. We have had a week of teaching learners everything we can about our home country, from the history, languages, cultures and socioeconomic issues to the animals,...

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Week 1: Our first week in Norway Tromsø (Borgtun)

Wow what a week it has been! On our arrival we met with Annfrid and Silje who helped us settle in well. The first thing we noticed when we arrived is the very cold weather. The locals kept saying how nice the weather is because there was sun, but we could only feel...

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Norwegian students visiting South-Africa, 2023

 

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Once again 10 students from UiT the Arctic University of Tromsø have taken the leap and signed up for four weeks of practicum in South-Africa. Read about their experiences below!

1-7, week 4: leaving Machiu Primary School

We have now returned to Norway and back to our normal daily routine. There are many experiences and memories to take in. We have been eager to tell our friends and family about the past month. The last week in Port Elizabeth was spent to say goodbye to all our new...

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1-7, week 3: Learning experiences

Time has really flown, and we're down to the third week at our practice school. The difference between our daily life at the school and our free time by the beach is quite striking. This week, our practice teachers took us on a tour of the neighborhoods nearby the...

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5-10, week 2: Our second week at Vukani Combined School

Our second week at Vukani Combined School has come to an end. During this week, we had the opportunity to teach the 8th-grade students at the school. There are approximately 90 students divided into two classes. We took over teaching Natural Sciences, Social Science,...

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1-7, week 2: Similarities and differences

The second week has been full of impressions. There are a lot of things that are similar to Norway, but also some things that are really different. The school is surrounded by a fence for safety. The classrooms and staffrooms are split between six buildings, and...

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1-7, week 1: First impression

When we arrived in Port Elizabeth, we were greeted by Eileen and Sylvan from Nelson Mandela University, who welcomed us warmly and drove us to our apartments. The next day one of our practice teachers, Danielle, invited us to a local food market. This resulted in a...

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5-10, week 1: Hello from Jeffreys Bay!

Who are we? We are three students from GLU 5-10. All of us are from Northern Norway and have the subject Food and Nutrition as our third subject in common. We also enjoy skiing in the wintertime and like to try out new things. Tord Fjellvang Karlsen is from Bleik on...

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South-African students visiting Norway, 2023

 
As a part of the ITENSA-project we will also have students visiting Norway. Our participating schools here are Borgtun in Tromsø, and Stonglandseidet in Senja.  

 

Sustainability – Thoughts from the students

Sustainable development The ITENSA-project have 8 teacher students from NMU doing their practice in schools Norway for a four-week period in April and May. We discussed the concept of sustainable development in education, and what it means for them. We asked them to...

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Norwegian students visiting South-Africa, 2022

 

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We are ten students from Norway who through the ITENSA-project will have our teaching-practice in South-Africa. Four of us will be in Port Elizabeth (P.E.)/ Gqberha in Machiu Primary School, and six of us will be in Cofimvaba at St. James Secondary Senior School. P.E. is an urban city, where Machiu Primary school is in one of the townships on the outskirts of the city, while Cofimvaba is a rural area where St. James is a private, catholic school. In this blog we will talk about our impressions of the schools and focus on how democracy and citizenship is expressed through teaching practice, amongst the pupils and in the society.

Week 4: Back home

Reporting from Tromsø are Andreas, Vegar, Karoline and Gry Jooohh! As a result of “African time”, this post is running late. We got emotional when leaving Machiu Primary on Friday, thinking of all the good memories and experiences we had in four weeks. This practice...

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Week 3: The South African school system

Reporting from Gqeberha, South Africa! We are done with our third week at Machiu Primary School and feel like we have gotten a better insight in how the South African school system works. We also have a better understanding of how the teachers here work. The teaching...

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Week 2: Awards Day

The second week at Machiu Primary School is over. It’s been a week with a lot of things going on. It’s been “hectic”, as they say in Afrikaans. On Thursday, the school had their annual Awards Day. Every day prior to Awards’ Day there were preparations going on.

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Week 1: Hello from Cofimvaba!

Hello from Cofimvaba! We are six students who teach 5. – 10. grade, and we are having our teaching-practice in St. James Secondary Senior School. We spent our first weekend in Port Elizabeth, where we felt like we were staying in an urban city with great diversity....

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Week 1: Reporting from Gqeberha, South Africa!

After a week at Machiu Primary School in Gqeberha there are a lot of impressions we need to process. We are really happy to have got this opportunity to see other perspectives on how to run a school, according to their society and government. The school is situated in a rough neighborhood, and in addition to guards at the entrances, there is a fence around the whole school, which is quite different from what we are used to in Norway.

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