Reposted from veezinsight
My whole life, I have been thankful for the blessings God had given me, from having the most supportive parents who encourage me to pursue my dreams, going to good schools on Malawian standard is truly a privilege, to be honest being here has made me realize this a lot more.
Sometimes I feel like I am in a different world, I flash back to my childhood memories of kindergarten where I used to play musical chairs with my friends , getting excited for tea break and nap-time with out realizing that everything we did was part of a well thought out plan set by my teacher. Now why am I talking about all this, well its because at this stage, I have so much empathy for everything happening around me, it makes me tear up sometimes when I think about it.
Here is a village, who want their children to also get the best upstart education as possible, yes , they also want the same kindergarten educational experience most of us had for their children. I was very curious to see the school for myself because within all the talks I have had with the chiefs and some community members, they all pointed out about their Early Childhood Development program (ECD) which is known as a “Nkomba Phala” in Chichewa the local language. Once I made my way to the school, I was surprised to see the condition of the school, unfinished windows, no doors, no cemented floors, but nevertheless I was assured I would find people by the sound of music that I was hearing, the excitement in the children’s faces gave me enough motivation as I joined them as we sat and sang their nursery songs. I really learned a lot through the interactions I had with the children, teacher and a committee member who looks after the schools welfare. The school was built in 2013 and the community contributed for its whole construction to date, the only support they got was for the roofing which was provided by save the children. The school has an intake of about 85-100 children from the ages of 3-5 who are officially registered and these come from four of the surrounding villages named Thamagiwa, Galu, Selemani and Lambulira.