A Reading Day under different Circumstances

This school year, the German School Nairobi continued the tradition of the annual Reading Day. On Wednesday 9th December, classes 1 to 11 were divided into small groups to listen to the stories and texts that had been chosen for them. Parents, teachers and pupils from grade 11 and 12 had volunteered to read to the students, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their commitment!

With passion and conviction, the readers in the many zoom rooms read aloud the stories and novel excerpts they had chosen themselves for their groups. In this way, a diverse potpourri of impressions and inspirations was put together, which appealed to both young and elder students.

The pupils in classes 5 and 6 alone, guided by their readers Mrs Gottschalk, Anastasia Pfitzmeier, Tim Eggers and Mrs Ouedraogo-Wasi, immersed themselves in the different worlds of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days”, “Harry Potter”, “The Magician’s Nephew” and the refugee report “Child I”.

Laila Juras read out of Tonke Dragt’s “Turmhoch und meilenweit” for the pupils of class 7 and 8 and Pia Hahn shared even two titles at once with her group – The travels of Ibn Battuta” and “Hattchet”. Travelling with the aim to live and to survive was Pia’s motto and so she gave (to Mrs. Orao’s delight) – knowingly or unknowingly – a preview into an upcoming class reading. Laila’s listeners went on an exciting trip through space and time, to the Venus of the future. Laila was able to inspire her group with her lively reading and her animating questions.

Mrs. von Malzan offered class 9 insights into a book for young people with a very current topic. She read the beginning of the book “The hate you give”, which deals with the murder of an African-American teenager by a policeman. After the reading, the audience discussed with her about what they had read and in particular about the existence of racism in different countries and cultural contexts.

Mrs. Husemann read for a small group of pupils of classes 10 and 11 on the premises of the DSN. She presented the pupils with the book “Aber der Himmel – grandios” (But the sky – magnificent), which she had translated together with a friend. The collection of personal notes from 1941 is considered to be one of the most important documents in Lithuanian history and shows the fate of a 14-year-old girl in exile with tremendous power of language. Mrs. Husemann was also able to give insights to the students about the translation, the finding of the manuscript and the background.

These are just a few of the many interesting and appealing reading offers that were made available to the pupils on this day at the DSN. We are pleased that, despite the not so easy conditions of digital reading, the pupils were able to find inspiration in the stories and for their own reading.

Caroline Pache, Teacher

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