Ibra Diokhane is from Dakar, Senegal. In Senegal, Ibra made a living by buying and selling clothes for his family's business. However, his family's business eventually struggled to compete with other businesses that offered lower quality goods at cheaper prices. So his family made the life-wrenching decision to leave their homeland in hopes of finding a better life in the U.S.
Ibra and I have been meeting at Reading Connections for about a year and a half. In the beginning, we worked on preparing him for job interviews. During our sessions together, we spend nearly all of our time chronicling Ibra's life. We write down experiences that Ibra encounters daily. For example, we made a booklet about him getting new glasses. Such projects are always accompanied by photos. We did the same after we watched the solar eclipse. Another story evolved when Ibra got his library card.
Beyond these, we make videos of Ibra learning new lessons. This enables Ibra to reinforce that day's lessons which he enjoys sharing with his family and friends. We are currently reading a biography of Abraham Lincoln. Ibra practices identifying the 5ws (who, what, when, where and why) on each page.
For the last couple of years, Ibra has enriched my life and I hope our learning together fulfills his!
Bill Seabrook, Tutor