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Dec 16, 2019

December 2019 Building Project Updates

Dear partners, friends,

 First is to thank you for your continued support to the work. We have made tremendous progress as far as putting in place school infrastructure to support the education of children here in Nguluni.

As at the end of October we were working with 140 children up from 118 at the same time last year. The buildings at the school has increased the community's confidence in the interventions we are giving in the area of literacy, character and skill development.

The teachers motivation has also grown with aone commenting, "Now we can move from the "slum" classrooms, to better classes next year." She was referring to the tin classrooms that had been for such a long time their teaching space and the children's learning environment.

In November, we brought down the tin classes and in their place we started a library and administration block.

For the classrooms, we have been able to do the following since the last report in September:-

1. We have put in the partitions and now have three classes and a hall.

2. The walls have been painted, both interior and exterior.

We still haven't put in the tiles and window panes and plan to complete these in the next three weeks before school resumes in January 2020.

See the pictures for the progress made so far.

We also plan to complete the library before April 2020 and would encourage increased recurrent giving for us to get disbursement more frequently.

Once again, thank you for your continued support in enabling  Acres of Mercy Learning Centre fulfill the vision of nurturing the potential of every learner.

It will be a deserved December break for all of us. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!

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Sep 17, 2019

September 2019 Classroom Building Project Updates

Dear friends and partners,

It's another time to share project updates on the classroom project this far.

Much has been achieved over the period since we began the new classroom block.

 The goal for this year's project was to increase the learning space by 2000 square feet.

Since January 2019 800 square feet of classrooms have been added and are currently in use by Pre-primary one and pre- primary two children.

1200 more square feet should be ready by the end of the year.

For this to happen the following works must be completed:-

1. Putting in partition doors to divide the space into three classrooms (costing $2900)

2. Putting in window panes (costing $350)

3. Tiling the floor (costing $1200)

4. Painting the walls (costing $450)

5. Fixtures ($350)

 

The total cost to completion of the 5 class and student hall is approximately $5,250.

Through GlobalGiving the project has since June 2019 received $432.71 towards the building project.

With your continued support  at the same level of giving we can paint as soon as the next disbursement. My appeal is to consider inviting friends and family so we can raise enough to complete painting and window pane fixing.

The classes have been appreciated by the students and many children are inspired to come to their colourful classes. Even teacher morale has been boosted through the addition of the new classes.

Thank you for the sacrifices you make to and have made to bring the project to its current state. Together we will build, not just classrooms bit better lives for the 145 children served by Acrrs of Mercy every month.

Thank you!

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Sep 16, 2019

Trellising Teaching

Dear friends,

We all would agree that teachers require support. Just like grape vines need trellises to bear the weight of the fruit produced during harvest, so do teachers who produce the fruit of education need support to ensure learning and teaching  do not succumb to the burdens of schooling, parental challenges, administrative expectations and student behaviour challenges.

This is why Acres of Mercy created the position of an Education Support Officer to coordinate school- wide teacher and student support.

The various kinds of support given to teachers during the last three months beginning June have included:-

1. Curriculum support- Teachers are supported to plan for lesson delivery, resource identification and mobilization and lesson reviews.

2. Supporting teachers to achieve the set school goals namely; student mentoring, parental involvement and supporting literacy achievement especially in reading and comprehension

3. Supporting teachers on linking home and school

4. Supporting teachers in alternative forms of discipline

With this support teachers are better able to focus on achieving overall school improvement goals as they feel supported.

By supporting collaborative work, the teaching staff are able to achieve congruency in delivering of agreed upon goals.

In the period from June 2019, this program received slightly over $36 to support its work. We believe with more support we can even do better and achieve more with regards to teacher support and professional development in ways that will have lasting impact in the achievement of students within the school.

Thank you for your continued support and will look forward to seeing many more partners come on board to support this work.

 
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