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My occasional newsletter will be full of snippets:News about new books and stories, information on free downloads from my web site, announcements of contests and profiles of the winners. Each month I feature an author so you can find more great books, and I publish a 'postcard' short story. You could send me a tip or a short article and see your name in the next issue.

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Newsletter Dated: 2/21/2004 3:57:58 AM

Subject: Patricia'snewsletter Part 2

Patricia’s newsletter part 2

So what do the schools do with the million children I mentioned?

They cram them into the same classrooms as before and assign the same teachers. Most grade one classes run from 60 -75 children. One I visited had 150, with six or so little bodies fitted into each desk made for two. In honesty, there were two teachers assigned to the class, but they were still figuring out how to divide up the children. With such huge numbers, few books and a blackboard as a visual aid, teaching is largely by rote, recital in chorus and repetition.

School starts early, around seven a.m and there are usually two morning breaks. Lunch begins between twelve thirty and one and lasts until two pm because the children have so far to walk home. Unfortunately, the majority will have only drunk some tea in the morning and maybe will have to chew a piece of sugarcane for lunch. A few schools have a ‘feeding program’ where one class will have a meal of beans and ugali (thick maize porridge) at midday. The head teachers seem to opt to feed the leaving class (grade eight) if any, because their performance in the primary leaving exams is so important. The ‘lower primary’ will not return to school in the afternoon unless requested by the teacher. The others will continue in class until 5 p.m.

What a warm welcome we received in every school. Because of the time involved to reach each one, we only were able to go to two schools a day. In every case, we had to tear ourselves away: Please talk to the teachers and take tea with us. Please come and talk to my grade eight class. Please address the whole student body. Please come back again.

I did have time to talk to two grade eight classes, one of about 60 students and one of about thirty. I talked to them about Canada and answered their curious and insightful questions about weather, crops, political system and so one. Some took copious notes as I spoke. The thirst for knowledge is impressive.

I am working now on various suggestions that were made during my visits and later in February I shall start offering workshops to teachers and will understand even better their problems and successes.

During January our elder son arrived from Canada for a visit and at the end of the month we took a week’s safari to the Maasai Mara. More about that in my next letter.

My past newsletters are available at including some not sent through this list

Contest news!!
Thanks to the Romance Studio,I am resuming my contest at long last. Beginning February 15 until March 15 you can go to ,answer an easy question and enter to win a copy of “Secret Services” historical romantica(tm) by Margrett Dawson from Ellora’s Cave.
(Please note that this is adult material for over 18 years.)

Book news!
My contemporary romance A Suitable Father will be published in print and e formats from Zumaya Publications ( in March. It has a lovely cover that you can check out at my web site. You can also read the first chapter and reviews at my web site

Dancing with the Devil (romantic suspense) has been a lead title in print and e formats at Atlantic Bridge (, an EPPIE finalist in 2003, and has garnered other awards. It will be issued it large print by Ulverscroft in June 2004 (

And Margrett Dawson is thrilled to announce that she has contracted the sequel to Secret Services to Ellora’s Cave for August,2004. The working title is Bella Donna. More details to come.
The first (unedited) chapter can be found at

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