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nortoncancerinstitute.com 28 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.16 A BIT DEEPER THE BIT Denis Colman can't quite get over Louisville. "The people, they are kind," he says, "especially when you say, 'I'm from Africa.' They say, 'You're from Africa? Oh, nice to meet you!'" Colman is one of four teachers from the School of St. Jude in Arusha, Tanzania, who recently visited students at Louisville Collegiate through a partnership called Kufundisha Pamoja, or "teaching together." For a month, the Tanzanians — two men and two women — worked with Collegiate teachers on lessons in geography, social studies, chemistry and computer science. It all began in 2004, when Cindy Skarbek went to Tanzania on safari with multiple generations of her family. She thought she'd bring back memories and a camera full of giraffe and elephant photos. Instead, after visiting St. Jude, she returned with a life's mission — help the charity-funded school, where some 2,000 Teaching Tanzanians By Alanna Nash Photo by Terrence Humphrey An exchange program connects African educators to Louisville Collegiate students and faculty. poor students from 61 different Tanzanian tribes go for free to primary and secondary school. Many of the students and their families live in one- or two-room huts made of mud and cow dung. Skarbek, working with the headmaster at St. Jude, started the program in 2012 at Collegiate, the Highlands school her children attended. The exchange involved sending five or six American teachers to Tanzania each year to work alongside African teachers. This was the first year the African teachers came here. They went to Churchill Downs, the Speed Art Museum and the Kentucky State Fair. They learned more about American life by staying with Skarbek and Collegiate faculty in their homes. "Whether helping them figure out our washing machine or sitting and talking politics, we had a blast," says Collegiate head of school James Calleroz White. "They taught my kids — 7, 6 and 18 months — a little Swahili. The kids are already asking when they are coming back." Visiting instructor Elineema Kileo