Something special happened today. Kumari, who has been sponsored for a couple of years, took a big step. She wrote to her sponsor herself for the first time! Using the storyteller’s map and cards she was inspired and gained confidence to work independently (see the story telling cards and maps in action in our facebook album at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/worldvisionuk ) Previously, her community volunteer wrote for her as she spoke. When she finished her letter she read it out to the community members that had gathered, they burst into spontaneous applause. I was unable to capture Kumari’s subsequent smile, but take it from me, it was as bright is this Bangladesh sun…..
“Our house is very beautiful. The house is made out of muddy wall and tin sheet on the roof. It has also a verandah and covered with straw and tied with rope. The house is 17 feet long. Inside the house there is a stainless steel box and a bed. Outside the house there are jackfruit trees and mango tree. I like to eat mango. We have three cows and I take care of them. In the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening I feed them. And thus I help my parents. My name is Kumari.”
This whole week has been full of wonderful stories like this, children gaining confidence and finding joy in being able to write and express themselves. At the end of each session we will have feedback from the kids and I was so encouraged when one young man stood up and said “In our exams we have to write essay, I feared writing essay, but now I will fear no more.” The feedback from the teachers was equally wonderful, with one teacher telling me: “The big difference is before the session they couldn’t write for themselves, they could recite from books, but not write for themselves. What they have learnt today has opened their minds to think and write on their own.”
I feel so privileged to be part of World Vision’s work bringing education and hope to children who haven’t had these opportunities before. I just want to leave you with another wonderful snippet one of our students wrote today:
“I love learning new things. I go to school regularly. I study up to seven o’clock pm. I read almost all the subjects, but I read Bangla book more and more, because I like it. Why? Because, in that Bangla book there are many short stories. I love reading stories and it makes my mind and heart well.” Mohammed, 9yrs
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