Last week saw the children sitting their end-of-year exams across the 3 communities where GVI and their in-country partner, The Phoenix Projects work.
The children here take exams in every subject, for every grade, every term. The GVI volunteers have been working with Phoenix and the local teachers in the schools to prepare their students for exams and, of course all important revision!
Our key grades here are first and second grade – a lot of the work here for the volunteers is helping devise fun ways to help the children learn to read and write; to count; develop their motor skills, help them socialize, and of course to have some fun! We have consistent improvements across these grades throughout the year, and with the exam results now in – EVERY child has improved!
To see the difference made here by The Phoenix Projects and GVI volunteers is incredible – all first graders across all the schools are now able to write their names and other key words, and all second graders can read, and count up to 100. Seeing the changes in the children every day means volunteers have a hugely rewarding experience, with tangible results.
It is a humbling privilege to be able to work with the children out here. Their lives are hard but they are so eager to learn that it puts everything into perspective.
Thank you donors, thank you Phoenix Projects, thank you GVI, and thank you volunteers for helping make this change real and sustainable!
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