A reflection by Emily Hadden on St. Joseph’s LTP Math project

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I believe this photograph to reflect our time spent at St. Joseph’s Secondary School quite accurately- the organization, the linear peacefulness, and the poised young women. In what was a much-needed change from the chaos of our work at several government primary schools, St. Joseph’s allowed us to appreciate the discipline and intelligence of each individual student. For Form IIIA Math’s project, we did a “human frequency graph”, in which each student represented a data point of the number of siblings they had in their family. This graph highlights the girls’ obedience and dedication to education, which was evident from our first entrance into their classroom, but was even more obvious when they neatly and quickly found their place on the “graph”. In addition to showing off the girls’ admirable traits, it also shows off how we learned from each other. That is to say, the graph showed us how families can come in all shapes and sizes. For St. Joseph’s girls, the average number of children is around three or four, and most notably, a girl in our class was one of twelve. For the majority of our DukeEngage group, our nuclear families are much smaller, and none of us come close to having eleven brothers and sisters. Thus, this project not only helped the girls learn statistics but it helped all of us learn about the cultural differences in family size and dynamics. It was a great way to wrap up our time spent working at schools in Arusha.

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