I started my work at obunga slum campus taking through grade one. I came to learn that my pupils had lots of problems at home that was affecting them academically, so my class was believed to be the worst grade in school
Many of the girls in my class didnt know how to read. I started teaching them the phonics, encouraging them to keep trying every time they tried and failed to read. The good rapport and teacher- student relationship I encouraged created trust between us and the girls become so free with me that they didnt shy away from trying or asking questions. Each progress they made brought a smile to my face.
Gradually, they started being self confident and their soaring grades brought me so much happiness.
I couldnt be happier when my girls joined the boarding school in January this year and I was promoted to continue serving them at the boarding school in Obambo. My greatest achievement is seeing girls like Lillian Akoth,kate Debra mercyline mwajuma,laura akinyi and harriet achieng amongst others now in boarding school and able to read English fluently.
Every time I look at and see them play freely, with an aura of confidence during recess, my heart sings out with immense joy. Knowing that I am helping them realize their dreams makes me so happy.
They have promised to give me their best. I can’t wait to see how better they would be by giving me their best and going on to change the world.
Thanks to everybody who had a hand in this. Let’s make the girls reach their full potential!!
By Annete Wafula, Teacher, Akili School
Edited By David Omondi, Co-Founder/Program & Fund Development Manager,
Riley Orton Foundation