The news this week about some of the younger children at Mayega is indeed heart-warming.
The Standard 7 exams at the end of primary school are critically important in Tanzania. They are a fork in the road. It is the end of school education for children who fail. A pass means onto secondary school. We have been waiting somewhat nervously for Elizabeth, Paschal and Yohana’s results. Safe kabisa, they celebrated with Grade B’s. All of the subjects were passed by each of them – Kiswahili, English, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science. Very well done to all the children. Mayega Primary School entered 74 children for the Standard 7 exams and an overall B was the top grade gained in the school. Yohana was one of three pupils to gain an A pass in Maths
Three things have been learned. 1. Our Mayega children are bright (which we knew). 2. Our Saturday teachers, Seba and Julieth, are making a difference (which we assumed). 3. All the other children will be inspired (which is what we wanted).