Second international field class of the year (the Geographer’s live), this time helping staff the undergraduate field class to Uganda, ably led by Dan Hammett.
A group of 20 students worked hard over the week in Uganda, focused around doing empirical work with people living in informal settlements in Jinja, Uganda’s second city. This was in partnership with local NGO Working as Angels, who made it possible for the students to work with people in a wide range of life and livelihood circumstances. In the process, students learn a great deal. Inevitably they learn more about the challenges – practical, ethical and emotional – of conducting research in situation like this; and probably more about themselves; than they can about the lived experience of poverty. Continue reading “Uganda field class”
Home after my first time as leader of my department’s Nepal field class, and its been great. Leading a group of two dozen Masters students from around the world to visit first Kathmandu then rural Dhading district, with excellent teams of staff from Sheffield and from Nepal, makes for a challenging but deeply rewarding experience. Continue reading “International Development Masters Field Class to Nepal”
With Julie Balen from Scharr, I was guest of honour at the inauguration of a new water scheme in Pokharigaun village in Dhading District, Nepal. The village gave a wonderful welcome to University of Sheffield students and staff to the official inauguration of a water scheme, which is saving the people there hours of work carrying water up the hill from the spring. Julie and I, returning to Dhading for the first time since 2015 to staff the Masters Nepal field class, were representing the University of Sheffield Friends of Nepal group. The water scheme was funded by a donation to Focus Nepal by the group, from funds raised by the group of students and staff immediately following the devastating 2015 earthquake. Continue reading “Inaugurating village water scheme in Nepal”