Indable is one of my former Tirrim Secondary School English students with whom I always had a wonderful working relationship and good rapport. His English is delightfully advanced as well, which allowed him to communicate very well with me, sharing details about Rendille culture, acting as my translator, and even writing out his autobiography for me to read!
Indable is now in the midst of the ambiguous year following graduation from secondary school. During this year the Form Four graduates must wait around for months for their national exam results to come in. Many of these students use this time to take computer or driving classes in more modern towns, while some choose instead to stay around home doing odd jobs. Indable was originally planning to attend a Christian discipleship program with another
AIM missionary in a Northern
Kenya town, but when that fell through, he was offered a position
as the Class 4 and 5 English teacher at . Tirrim
I walked up to the primary school this morning to observe my protégé at work. (Just kidding! I only taught the kid for a year…) I was immediately impressed with Indable’s classroom management skills! His students were so calm, attentive, and respectful, which is a shocker if you’ve been in hearing distance of a Kenyan primary school classroom. Indable was also very attune to involving his pupils in the lesson, inviting them up to the board to put quotation marks around direct speech and asking them to stand and give a sentence that used an adverb of manner. I was so proud of “my” student now working with his own. He is not only in an honorable position, but he is doing honorable work in that position.
I asked Indable later what he now thinks about being a teacher instead of a student and he said, “Madame, it is very different,” with a slightly exasperated smile on his face. Good man. J