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I taught at the Hlatikulu Central School for three years.

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Every morning before class students would gather for a short convocation and were addressed by the principal. Typically they would sing something, in four part hamony.

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A view of the secondary school. It was a junior secondary school that taught Forms I through II. After graduation students could go to a senior secondary school for Forms IV and V. Haltikulu Central School also included an adjoining primary school.

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This is Ben Dlamini, who was the principal during my first year. After my first two years I traveled back home before returning to Swaziland for a third year of teaching. At that time Mr. Dlamini was in the U.S. taking some education courses. I visited a friend in western Massachusetts, and while there visted Ben in his apartment. I remember it was a bitter cold winter day.

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I don't remember what this occasion was, perhaps a visit by dignitaries.

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Another photo of the school grounds.

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Some pictures of students in their school uniforms.

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Some of the primary students with their teacher.

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The building containing teachers offices.

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Me in my office. We had one of those old style mimeograph machines.

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I taught mostly the science course, and during my stay I upgraded the lab by installing bunsen burners. I had students help me by chiseling out a trench in the concrete floor for piping from the gas cylinder to the burners on lab benches. I also made test tube stands at the Salesian school in Manzini. They were kind enough to let me use their shop with power tools, and even gave me the wood.

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I am not sure how, why or when I took the following photos of some of my female students. Obviously they were not wearing school uniforms at the time.

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