June 20, 2017
Nelson Mandela’s words: ‘We believe that education is the most powerful weapon to change the world’, are proudly painted on the wall of teacher Peter’s classroom. But this isn’t just a catchy slogan used as a way of brightening up the room (or to impress a random OfStEd inspector who might happen to pass through rural Zambia). These words are written with real passion, and they’re followed through with action and true dedicated commitment from everyone involved in Nayamba School. As I write this article, I am seriously impressed by just how powerful the impact of education continues to be on the lives of the children at Nayamba. But it’s not only impacted the children - their families, their teachers, those who live in surrounding Chisamba and even the growing community of supporters here in the UK have been influenced by Nayamba School.
Last week, Exminster School’s main hall was used to pack donations of books, stationery and play equipment into the luggage of ten people travelling to Nayamba School from the South West. In total, they will be taking 400kg of luggage on their self-funded trip! One of those about to set off is Michaela Petherick, who works at Exminster pre-school. This will be her fourth visit to Nayamba. Last year, she helped start the Nayamba pre-school and she’s really looking forward to working with the children again. Part of the focus of this trip will involve providing more training for the teachers at Nayamba School; Michaela will deliver training about child-centred learning.
After an amazing experience at Nayamba last spring, Sarah Whalley, headteacher at Exminster Primary School, is excited about returning. Sarah will focus on developing the children’s reading skills and train the teachers about ‘reading for meaning’. While the staff training is happening, the children will be able to experience high quality PE and team games led by Becky Mason.
“Over the past few years I have supported this amazing charity and followed the progress and growing development of the school,” explained Becky. “It has been so inspiring to watch the videos, see photos and listen to the stories. I have always wanted to go out there and help in any way I can, and this year seems to be the right time to have this fantastic opportunity. To be able to share my love for learning through sport, and have this experience of working with young people and teachers at Nayamba School is both exciting and nerve wracking!”
The children will also experience a high quality art project with local artist Becky Bettesworth. You can find out what Becky will be creating with the children by checking out the link on her facebook page – it looks fantastic! Becky’s art work will join Nelson Mandela’s quote on the wall of Nayamba School because she also plans to paint a colourful mural to brighten up the learning environment.
If you only do one thing today, watch the video of our last trip on the nayambaschool.org website and I guarantee you’ll be moved by the ‘powerful weapon’ of education in action at Nayamba School too! If you are inspired to get involved, more details are on the website or you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We guarantee that 100% of every donation goes directly to the school.