Behind the Scenes: Meet Helen

In April, SCOLA traveled to Namibia for our Country of the Month. We explored an open market to discover how Kapana, a traditional Namibian dish is made, and experienced Namibia through the eyes of locals with our Photos of the Week. Some of you may be wondering who led us on our Namibian adventure…

SCOLA provider Helen is 39 years old and was born in the town of Rehoboth, 89 km from the capital city of Windhoek. She is a start up business owner and sells ice cream.

Helen started working for SCOLA in 2013 when she was contacted by the media to see if she would be interested. She says that at first she was skeptical, thinking maybe it was a scam, but then she got a camera from SCOLA and knew it was real. Helen first started working with SCOLA for the money, but says that later on she really started to enjoy herself making On the Street Videos and sharing her home country of Namibia with the rest of the world.

Along with the Country of the Month, Helen has also been sending in some interesting material for SCOLA’s new service, Savoir-Vivre! Visit a music store in Namibia and travel the streets of and other foreign lands as you discover other cultures and experience new lifestyles. Log on for free today at www.scola.org!

Want to see where we travel to in May? Follow along online!

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Want to go to School in Georgia? Read this First!

Most students in the United States have either already gone back to school, or are anxiously preparing to in the next few weeks. However, students in Georgia, our Country of the Month, can still enjoy lazy days of sleeping in late and hanging out with friends until mid-September. Although schools in Georgia don’t return from summer vacation until later in the year, there are some ways that they are similar to schools in the United States.

Georgia has public and private schools. Public schools are free, however private schools are expensive and can cost around $3,000-$5,000 per year. Private school students have the opportunity to join different clubs, such as Art, Drama, and Science. Private schools also offer a school bus as a means of transportation to and from home for their students.

Students in Georgia go to school for twelve years. The first step of the Georgian education program lasts four years and is much like primary school in the United States. Children generally have 4-5 classes per day, which last approximately 45 minutes each. Students study courses such as Math, Georgian Language, Art, Music, Nature, PE and English. Students attend school five days a week, Monday through Friday.

After the first four years of school, students move on and acquire more subjects including Chemistry, Physics, Algebra, Geometry, and Russian. On average, students at these grade levels take 6-7 classes per day. After the 9th grade, students have the option to stop their education, or continue on, finishing with 12th grade. After 12th grade, students can take the National Examination for Universities if they would like to further their education.

So, does Georgia sound like a country you would like to attend school in? Tell us in the comment section below!

Want to learn more about the education systems in other countries? Check out On the Street Videos and experience what life is like for an economics student in Madagascar, discover the shortages of qualified teachers in Namibia, explore the life of a student in his final school years at a teachers college in Burundi, and so much more! Visit scola.org today for your free trial.

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