Beauty pageant time — my school has been working very hard to fundraise 2,000R to contribute to our book project to receive new books for the library. My school’s go-to fundraising technique is to host a beauty pageant. Four kids from each grade participate (two boys, two girls) and then the learners and educators pay to watch the pageant. These learners are beyond brave to strut their stuff in front of the whole school to, of course, some old school Celine Dion (South Africans love old school American music) and bouncin’ South African house music. This may have been one of my funniest and ridiculous cultural experiences yet. The kids and educators took it so seriously, while I couldn’t help but just sit in the back and giggle to myself the whole time.
Some randoms: my visit to neighboring PCV Monica’s library to see it in action before I open my library and Monica’s birthday celebration at her site!
Sunset in Durban
My counterpart surprised me with this for the library! Then two days later we realized it was spelled wrong…oooops
Our PCVL and APCD visited us; Jonelle working with Monica’s students at her school
Students in PCV Monica’s library playing games
An attempt to ensure my students comprehend what they are reading
Cindy practicing with the girls for the pageant — yes, of course afternoon classes were canceled all week
Kids anxiously watching practice
Umgani wami Pheto. He likes to follow me around. Like his jacket?
Thando, grade 1, got some moves
A grade 1 wearing heels and walking the runway…
Girl beauty pageant participants grade 1-7
Boy beauty pageant participants grade 1-7
The judges/teachers hard at work
Bongikosi and Sibusiso, two of my grade 5 learners competing
This is when it got a little too awkward for me — “swimsuit” category
Instead of swimsuits, the boys did formal dress…
Ms. Mkwhanazi uyajiva
Drop it like it’s hot
All the teachers tallying points to announce the winners
Grade 1-3 winners
Grade 4-7 winners; two of my girls Nqobile (left) and Zanele (right) won!
No electricity in the village? No problem at Monica’s site!