A New Year
|Grade 3, December 2015|
In Zambia a new school year start in January. At the end of last year we said goodbye to our Grade 3 class and wished them all the best in their new schools. This week we have opened for the children to begin their next year in school. This is always done with a little bit of uncertainty – Which children will come back? How many new children will there be?
This year is no different.
|Patricia, Anna, Juliet, Diana, Zamiwe|
We have a new teacher joining the Staff at Taonga School this term and although she has a lot to learn and adapt to has made a good start.
So far the children have been in school for 3 days and I have enrolled over 30 new children and taken applications for a further 30+. Registrations usually continue for a few weeks at the beginning of term but I already have full classes.
The other issue facing us this year is that due to various economic issues the number of children claiming the parents don’t have money is increasing. I know it’s a very real problem for the families here as the exchange rates are working against them and the price of everything is increasing. I do find it slightly frustrating however that many of the parents can find money to go to the bar.
Masauso has a lovely nature and is very affectionate. He has now been moved to a hospice. It is not the best setting for him but at the moment seems like the only place as they can provide the nursing care he needs. We are still looking at places in special needs facilities for him, but so far have drawn a few blanks.
All of the other boys went back to school this week. We have also sent 3 of my previous students with them. Joas, Christina and Hope were in grade 3 at Taonga School last year. They started on Monday and so far are loving their big adventure!
At the beginning of this week we said goodbye to Memory. She has got a scholarship to study at African Leadership University in Mauritius!! We are all very proud of her but the house seems far too quiet!
Thank you for support and prayers throughout a difficult 2015. It is easy to focus on the disappointments and difficulties through the year but we have also had some great achievements. To finish the year I was told that Joseph, who was one of my first Taonga pupils to go elsewhere, got well above the national average in his end of primary exams. This is a great achievement!