Literacy Class B
What a long way we’ve come since our last report! In April, the women and children of Rwenena returned home from a monthlong displacement. Encouraged by our program coordinator and “Girl Ambassador for Peace” Moza, the school community elected a new parent committee of 4 women and 3 men. The group is dedicated exclusively to safeguarding and monitoring our Rwenena Kids program to ensure proper implementation. Moza has made great progress in earning the confidence and trust of the community as she motivates them to take responsible actions to improve their well-being.
While the children continue their studies and prepare for end-of-year exams, women are thrilled about their own status as students in our new literacy program. Moza is the lead teacher, with two secondary-school-educated assistants – young women of Rwenena - who continue teaching classes when she periodically returns to her home in Bukavu 6 hours away. Our two classes consist of Class A for those with no schooling, and Class B for those with at least a partial primary school education. The students are particularly happy and proud to be able to help children with their studies and, in particular, to better understand the importance of educating girls. Ages range from teen mothers to grandmothers and other women guardians. One teen, Malikiya, was orphaned at a young age and never attended school. Moza describes her as "very happy and punctual in class" because, according to Malikiya herself, ‘This is an opportunity not to be missed!’”
Thus far, the women have learned to count to 100, recite the alphabet, write at least their names, know dates, and tell time - so they know when to arrive for classes. They read passages from the Bible and count and manage money.
Among the most exciting components of the class so far has been the 3-day module on human rights. The women learned how to distinguish between rights and duties as they apply to their husbands, children, community, parents and parents-in-law, and country. They posed many questions and deliberated thoughtfully within the confidential enclave of the classroom.
Thank you for continuing to support us through our challenges and, as importantly, enabling us to change lives for the better. The theme for this month's "Day of the African Child" is, "Leave No Child Behind for Africa's Development." Please consider a special donation to support our contribution to achieving this goal, particularly in serving the remote and overlooked village of Rwenena that otherwise would be left behind.
Moza distinguishes between rights and duties
Students react to Moza's lighthearted moments.
Literacy Class A (Malikiya, front-center )