Reported by Dereje Girma
DTS Project Manager/Teacher
The tragic situation in Akako village continues. Houses are being demolished for being labelled as “illegal”. This has resulted in families and our students needing to leave the village. Our free schooling project continues to serve in the village despite these challenges. Student attendance here has dropped as they now need to attend local government schools that are far from the village.
It is particularly challenging to continue with students from section A (the older ones) as most are required to attend school in the far-off city. They are required by the government to stay until 5pm, which was not the case previously.
As such, we have decided to focus on younger students. We now have 40 students who regularly attend our after-school program from 3:30pm-5:30pm. We incorporate creative elements in our lessons and use the internet for new ideas. We also use the art materials to encourage creative expression and development of our students. Creative play is an important part of the teaching methodology. This differentiates us from regular schools where teaching is mainly didactic, unilateral and theoretical. In our experience, children learn more effectively and enjoyably through creative play and expression.
We have been using this school building for three years. We wanted to partner up with the school owner to help maintain the quality of the property, to make this a conducive learning space for students and a decent working space for adults. Because of the unavoidable rainy seasons and surrounding mud, the walls became mud-splattered especially when the children played close by. We agreed to partner up with the school owner to paint the walls, to create a more joyful atmosphere for all! It now looks bright and colorful. Some furniture was also in need of repair and rewelding; however, we could not manage at this point due to budget constraints.
Figure 2 school compound after maintenance and painting
Our program continues to serve and seek to be a light of hope in the village, despite challenging circumstances. The community continues to grow in their trust of us, and more and more families are keen to send their children to our school after seeing how much they enjoy lessons there and how well they are learning and developing. More importantly, we continue to serve with love. The core team consists of four staff members: myself, two teachers and one cleaner. We aim to persevere for as long as we are able to, to serve the children and families in the community with love. We continue to appreciate the love you have shown us through your prayers, gifts and donations.
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