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Jan 25, 2011

Launching into 2011

Transition Class of 2010
Transition Class of 2010

This January 19 children graduated out of Transition class to join government primary schools, these children have all attended primary school in the past but had to drop out due to lack of funds. A further 10 children moved on to primary school from our preparation class for those who have never been to school before. We had several children visit the project in the first week of term before they started school to proudly show off their new school uniform. This is a great encouragement to our project teachers who are launching into a new year ready to receive new children into their classrooms.

We are currently accepting a new intake of children into the prep and transition classes for the coming year. Soon the compound will be filled again with the sound of kids chanting their vowels and times-tables and the rhyme they shout whenever a kid answers a question correctly 'For you, for you, you are the best!'

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Oct 7, 2010

Students continue to thrive in Transition Class

There are currently 21 students in Transition Class plus two new boys who just joined the class from the streets at the end of September. The children continue to work towards returning to government primary schools at the beginning of the new school year in January. This year's class has proven to be very hard working, they are excited about returning to school and determined to work hard towards that goal.

One pupil is Diana Mbinya who joined Transition Class this year, she is eleven years old. She had been living with her mother and brother until two years a ago when her mother was imprisoned. Her Grandmother stepped in to care for them both and for a while Diana continued in primary school. Eventually the Grandmother could no longer afford the school fees and Diana was sent home from school.

Later, her Grandmother brought Diana to Turning Point and she joined transition class immediately to catch up with the schooling she missed. Diana will return to primary school in January. Diana is a dedicated student who aims to get a good job so she can help her mother, she dreams of being a Doctor.

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Jul 21, 2010

Progress in Transition Class

Kids in Transition: Charles Rubia is first on left
Kids in Transition: Charles Rubia is first on left

We call our specialist educational classes for street kids Transition Class. This progress report was written by Margaret, one of the teachers who run run this class.

Transition Class Report In transition class this term we have 20 pupils, nine girls and eleven boys. Ten of them came from our the Turning Point satellite project in Kianda. In January this year, 17 children went back to school, making way for a second intake.

This brought the number to 32 pupils, 20 of these children were ready to start back at school at the beginning of the second term, so they graduated on to government schools at this time to reduce the class size in transition.

Currently, seven of the children in transition class are from the streets. The children in transition class were not in school for different reasons. Some, because the parents could not afford the school uniform and other upkeep. Other parents were drunkards who did not care if their child attended school so the children dropped out.

Challenges

It has been a challenge this year with new pupils joining in the middle of the year, some of whom had been out of school for over a year. It is a challenge to help the new pupils catch up with the syllabus without dragging the others who were in class from the beginning of the year. Despite the challenges, God gives me enough grace to endure everything.

Success

Through the transition class the children gain self-worth that had been lost before they joined us. They also make friends who are always available to talk with them.

Progress

I am so happy that most of the children open up, get to know more about education and are so willing to study and proper. As a teacher, I am so proud to hear the progress of children from transition class. It gives me a bigger heart to accommodate more children and press on in the work that the Lord has laid in my heart for the good of the children.

Case Study: Charles Rubia

Charles is 14 years old, he has two brothers and lives with his mother. His father deserted them due to alcoholism. His mother earns money by washing clothes. Charles had reached class seven in school but he dropped out because at times he would go to bed without food so he chose the streets as a better option.

He is so happy at Turning Point because he knows that he can't go without a meal. During the week, he is sure of getting two meals a day. He is also happy for the education he is getting in transition class for he knows that one day he will be a better person. He wants to be a lawyer so that he can deal with parents who neglect their families. He doesn't want what happened to him to happen to someone else.

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