Monday started at 6.40am with a list of just over 90 names. The names of children who had been in school last year. There is always an anticipation about who will report back to school as there seems to be a culture of changing schools regularly in Zambia. Then, we had to factor in the rain. If it's raining we must wait for the rain to finish before we can do anything. Some days only 10 children come to school when it's raining, or has been raining.
|I think I need a gutter!|
I have been
fighting against learning a long and hard lesson in patience. So, sitting in my (new) office on Monday morning, looking at my list, I had no idea what was about to happen but expected no children to come until whatever time the sky cleared.
|My lovely, spacious, clean (not quite tidy) office.|
By the time 9.00am came, regardless of the rain, I sat looking at a list of 120 names! I have since been told that another school had only 35 children report on Monday due to the rain. (A school with more grades and children than Taonga) So, on day one, 90 of the 100 children from last year had returned to school and 30 new children had been enrolled.
Uncle K and Uncle J
Grade 3 in the new classroom
On Tuesday morning there was slightly less rain. Again I started the day looking at the list of names and working out how many spaces we still had left in each class. By the time we locked the gate an hour earlier than on Monday, at 8am, all but 4 of the existing children had returned. (96) All of the children who started on Monday came back. (30) Plus another 15 new children had enrolled so the total on Tuesday morning was 141. Between then and now the total has reached 145.
|Baby class fun|
|Baby class eager to go into their classroom|
|Grade 5 waiting outside their new classroom|
But, for now, 145 children is enough!
|The view from my office|