With the school term in full swing, our volunteers have taken up their roles in assisting the children in the special needs class at Mkoba 4 Primary School. With some of the children struggling more than others, our volunteers have to let patience and understanding be on the forefront of their efforts to help the children with their school work; so that the children can continue to progress. Something that shows the commitment of our volunteers is the proud achievement of 15 children out of the 19 children in the special needs class for 2014 being transferred back into mainstream schooling this year. Special thanks definitely have to go to their determined teacher, and the valuable help of our volunteers. It is encouraging to see how they have positively and productively helped these children, making a difference one child at a time!
Lucy, one of the volunteers, had this to say about her experience at Mkoba Primary:
“I assisted in a special needs class. The teacher had set the class work which involved reading a story and then answering questions on it. I worked with the table of children with different levels of ability. It was great being able to assist the children with their questions and be able to give them positive feedback. Sometimes it could be difficult maintaining the children’s level of concentration as some worked much quicker than others, but I found the morning really enjoyable and rewarding.”
Lucy Butler, England, Orphans and Teaching Project