A journal of our adventures in Johannesburg (nicknamed Joburg) Africa from January of 2014 through July of 2015 while preparing for and serving as senior Church Education System (CES) missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
This past several weeks, we have been busy not only with our normal end of the month reports, but with making sure that every class is recorded correctly so that students who should be receiving certificates of course completions, diplomas or other recognitions will not be disappointed. This is not as easy as it might seem. We collect records from 26 different programs and they come in forms ranging from nice, neat excel files to very short text messages written in what seems to be half English and half some other language. Sometimes teachers don't have a way to scan or send them so we go to pick them up. Teachers who have home study classes are especially difficult to get the tally of assignments from, and to top that all off, the computer program isn't 100% accurate so we have to go back and check students one by one to make sure they are on the list to receive their awards. We are almost finished with gathering, emailing, calling and recording, and are moving on to making lists, communicating with the stake leadership and (hopefully before long) actually printing out certificates. When those are finished, we will be getting them to bishops for interviews and signatures and then finally focusing on the actual graduation program. Seminary and institute graduation is really quite a job!