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September 2008 Issue
The girls gather in groups of three on the cement floor of the Bukongo Day School on Tanzania’s Ukerewe Island and stare at the blank paper and crayons before them. Express yourself through pictures or words, UGA student Koqunia Forte tells the mostly 12- to 15-year-olds through an interpreter, who translates her English into their native Swahili. No one moves. After a few seconds, Forte, a master’s degree student in theater, kneels on the floor next to one of the girls. She picks up a crayon and starts writing on a sheet of paper: Happy. Glad. Play. She turns the page over and starts drawing a picture of herself, using pink for her loosely braided hair and green for her eyes and glasses. The girls laugh and pick up crayons to begin the assignment. "They do not understand how to draw," UGA Professor Lioba Moshi says. "They do not have confidence; they do not think they can do anything." Indeed, when …
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