Last week Kingdom Families interns volunteered at Voice of Victory Preschool in Njoro. The day started off with watching parents drop off their children, and many smiling children as they saw their teachers. It was a great experience to see the joy on the teachers faces as they welcomed their students.
The interns were able to assist the teachers during the school day. As each of us entered the classrooms, one of the blessings I experienced was mostly the fact that communicating with the children wasn’t with words as it was with smiles and actions. To see each child’s personality through the lens of no words was so beautiful. You could see what each child said through their smile. You could see their pride for school in their willingness to grab my hand and take me to their desk to show me their work. You could see how much they love to spend time with their friends at school in their laughter with one another.
In the morning we began with all of the children in two big circles. As the children held hands we started to sing and dance to songs to start the day. It was a lot of fun, not just for the children but for the interns as well. Throughout the school day we helped sharpen pencils, went over the alphabet, and helped the children write their alphabet. Some of the classes even did creative arts, and read a story about preschool. It was great to see the children engage in what we brought to share with them each day we were there. On the last day of our time at the preschool, we were able to play games with the children outside. Seeing the children laugh and have a great time is what school is all about. It was a blessing to see.
Education is a main attribute to family strengthening here in Tanzania. When children are able to go to school it enables the parents to be able to work. Education also provides child care and a meal. The children are able to get an education which helps them develop while the parents are at work making money to take care of their family. It is a very simple concept but so vital here in keeping families together and keeping children out of orphanages.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
I believe in the quote above education is a powerful weapon, it is also a huge part of what family strengthening looks like and I am grateful that I was able to see that with my own eyes.