African Modern Arts Project

Feb 6, 2013

AMAP Students

AMAP is serving the community of Bagamoyo on a widespread level. There are 80 nursery students attending the morning nursery school sessions and 54 students enrolled and supported at local primary schools by AMAP. The primary students also come to AMAP after school for English instruction by a local professional English teacher. The students all come from circumstances which make it impossible for their families to pay for education. Two compelling examples include Neema and Omari.

Neema was a toddler who was left to fend for herself during the day, as her mother sought whatever work she could find outside the home. The director of AMAP would see her wandering the streets alone in the mornings. She would pass by people taking their tea and snacks and sometimes get a few handouts. Neema is now a student at AMAP nursery school, and attends lessons daily. She is among the many bright eyed students who eagerly soak up lessons, learning remarkably fast.

Omari was abandoned by his father and when his mother remarried he was left with his grandmother. His grandmother is 85 years old and in very poor health. Because she had no capacity to earn money and needed help at home, Omari was never sent to school. At age ten a neighbor connected him to a teacher who sent him to AMAP. He attended nursery school at AMAP for 6 months to prepare him for primary school, where now, at age 11 he is enrolled by AMAP in both Standard 1 and Standard 3. If he can pass the Standard 3 exams at the end of the year, he will progress to Standard 4. When I met Omari, he strode confidently to me in his uniform, hand outstretched, a wide smile on his face, “Good morning madam, how are you?”

As it is evident by these examples, AMAP is meeting the critical education needs of underprivileged children in the Bagamoyo community. 


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