Friday, November 30, 2007

The Chefe

The chefe [chef-ee] is a very common role here in Moz and something I originally found strange but have gotten used to. In each classroom, there is a chefe de classe who is the representative of all students. There is also a chefe do cuadro who erases he chalkboard (cuadro) and a chefe de limpeza who rallies students to clean the classroom when the admin orders them to clean.
In each development of houses, there is a chefe do barrio (neighborhood) who mediates neighborhood affairs and serves as a representative for the people living in the area. I guess it just seems excessively bureaucratic.

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