New mother Oranta is a volunteer teaching mentor for a Grade 4 class at a community school in Zambia's Southern Province. Although she's not a formally trained teacher, Oranta loves teaching children.
For five years now Oranta, 27, has relied on the Learning at Taonga Market distance education programme for teaching support. Each school day 42 learners, some in hand-me-down school uniforms and some in regular clothes, arrive from the local area by 1:00 pm for their school lessons.
The Taonga radio lessons are broadcast in the afternoon as children are needed to help their parents with farming, cattle herding or charcoal production in the morning. A local survey revealed that 95% of primary school children are engaged in some type of work to help the family. After the lesson, which is broadcast by the Chukuni Community Radio Station, the children stay behind and do homework as instructed by the excellent radio teacher, Mrs Musando. A workbook for teaching mentors supports Oranta in carrying out these exercises.
The school operates from Catholic church and each radio school class meets one right after the other. There's only one of our radios at this school - so far. The community is in the process of building a bricks and mortar classroom and we're in the process of donating additional radios. You might have noticed that Oranta has her young son on her back. No one seems to mind.
Please support teachers like Oranta. The Learning at Taonga Market programme not only educates children, but trains teachers as well.