Do kids in Tanzania play ball games?

December 10, 2009 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

Second graders at Northside Center for Child Development, New York, asked interesting questions about the lives of street children in Tanzania after listening to the stories of the Dogodogo boys on Wednesday December 9th. (Photo by Ms Kendra.)

The students learned that children of their own age in other parts of the world do not enjoy the right to play, and to have fun, When they heard how Edward was forced to do household chores for his aunt and uncle while the rest of the family sat down to eat, Jennifer asked, “Do kids in Tanzania play ball games?” Brandon asked, “When do they play?” and Joseph added, “Do they like Pokemon cards?”

The US students were clearly struck by the differences between their own lives and those of the Dogodogo boys. Both Jaden and Randiell asked, “Do any kids go to school?” when they heard how Isaac used to watch his friends going off to primary school, wishing that he could go with them.

The kids’ teacher, Mr Nick Felts, said the kids at Northside were especially taken with the illustrations in the book because these were all drawn by the Dogodogo boys themselves.

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