Notes from the field: Tayate is one of the most outspoken and unruly kids in the group – boys included! I am still amazed by how much of a racket she makes during my class, I would have thought that that kind of behavior wouldn’t be tolerated in her community. I’m glad she’s loud and boisterous, even though she’s a huge disturbance. She is one of those kids who changes energy of the room once she enters it. It’s refreshing to be around a teenage girl who has a huge attitude and who isn’t shy to display it. We often battle over her using her cell phone during the class, and sometimes when I take it from her, she finds out where I’ve put it and steals it back without me knowing. She’s also a talented artist and I think she genuinely enjoys learning more about art and having a chance to draw.
Here’s her introduction to you in her own words:
“My name is Tayate. I am 16 years old. I was born in Gossi, in the region of Timbuktu in Mali. I now live in Mentao Refugee Camp with my grandmother. I have completed my education as far as the 4th grade. I am also currently in a project called Energizing a Refugee Community Through Art by Christina Mallie to learn art (drawing and painting). I also help my grandmother cook. In the future I would like to become a teacher.”