‘Free, accessible, high-quality education for all’

June 12, 2021

Painted onto the front wall of Nayamba School is a quote from Nelson Mandela:

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”

The belief that everyone should be able to access quality education is at the heart of Nayamba School and it has been the driving force behind the growth of the school for nearly a decade now. It is the reason why so many of us have been inspired by the hard work of the children and staff at the school and why we want to continue to share in their amazing story. This month we wanted to give a more personal insight into the school from Alice, a Nayamba pupil who recently achieved excellent exam results.

“It was very difficult when we couldn’t go to school because of the Covid 19. I wanted to study very hard for my exams. When we went back to school, I was so happy! I didn’t like wearing the face masks in the classrooms but I said to myself, ‘It will pass and the good time will come.’ I feel very proud that I did well in my Grade 7 exams.
I am so excited to be in Grade 8 this year. My favourite subjects are Religious Education and Science. One day, when I have finished school, I would like be a pilot, although I am not sure which type of planes I will fly yet.”

Although Alice studies over 7,000 miles away from the school that I teach at in Exeter, it is interesting to hear about the similarities between her feelings and those of the children in my class. Masks aren’t relished in either setting but the pupils have incorporated them into their everyday lives, and the future career of piloting a plane across the skies is as popular as ever in both schools! Nayamba school has enabled Alice to access education. This education is positively impacting her life right now and will also give her more life chances in the future.

By Sarah Hitt.