In a recent trip to Guinea-Bissau, we set out to research
the conditions of the students in the guerrilla schools in the mangroves. Instead, we soon became ourselves the learners, and the first lesson was how to walk. If you walk straight, placing your heels on the ground first, you promptly slip and fall in the dams of the flooded mangrove rice field or you get stuck in the mangrove mud. You need to lower your body, flex your knees and stick your toes vertically into the mud, extend your arms forwards in a conscious and present movement. In the mangrove school the learning happens with the whole body.