Sele’s School – Our Flagship Education Project
Sele is one of the service fundis at the Manta Resort. He had to travel a long way to school to learn his English and realised that there was very little local help for children learning English in the villages. So in 2009, Sele thought about opening a schoolroom in the village. He started teaching children reading, writing and counting in Swahili and English, because English was his favourite subject and no one in his village knew the language. The next steps are spoken in Sele’s own words:
"Then, when I built my own house which is next to Manta, I set up one of the rooms to teach the children because no one else spoke English there either, that was before I started to work at Manta. At the same time, there was a project called WAGE (Women and Girls Empowerment), the aim of this governmental project was to empower women and girls because at the time there were no girls or women who could read and write. This project gave me special training for a month because they saw that I can teach children to read and write."
While doing that, I started working full time at the Manta Resort. I was very interested in the Kwanini philosophy, since one of its key aims was exactly like mine, which is helping the children with their education. That’s what made me really happy to work with Kwanini, that’s why I’m here, because I’m looking for the future of the children as well.
Sele’s school is now housed in the seaweed farmers rooms in his village. Thanks to some kind donations we have already supplied books and other resources to the school and have arranged for some working capital for Sele so that he can purchase consumable items locally.
Sele is now joined by some of the other service fundis who freely give their time to teach the village kids English, Swaheli and Maths. Sele’s brother is their only permanent teacher and we would love to be able to provide him with a regular payment. We want to continue this wonderful initiative by supporting Sele and his colleagues by developing a conservation and environment programme of learning for the children to reconnect them with nature and their surroundings and help them towards a more sustainable future through our living with the sea and living with the forest practically orientated projects.
Here’s how you can support:
Donations for furniture, blackboards, tablets and stationery and other teaching aids
Donations towards our ‘living with the sea’ and ‘living with the forest’ projects
Financial support for teachers and assistants
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