Check out this Teacher Feature of Nelly Lyatuu, a Toa tutor since 2016 who has been at Mnazi Primary School pretty much the whole time.  Nell is responsible for turning our safari tent-cum-classroom into not only a usable learning space for the Grade One students under her purview, but actually a better-looking and more fun educational environment than half the classrooms we work in at other schools!  She is a whiz with glitter and a glue gun, that’s for sure!!  🙂


“When I was young, I loved the subject called writing and I enjoyed much writing and reading stories.  When the teacher was entering in the classroom and start teaching writing subject, I was feeling so happy and enjoyed writing.  However, the challenge I faced in my studies was that our school was very far from our home place, so sometimes I was being late and would be beaten by my teachers.

Before joining The Toa Nafasi Project, I was engaging in a small business, but I wasn’t getting enough money to meet all my needs; still, it was the work I depended on for living.  Later on, I heard about Toa Nafasi from one government teacher who knew about it.  She explained to me and I was so interested to teach because I do love children.  I wrote an application letter and I was called for an interview and luckily enough I was selected to start working as a tutor.

Toa Nafasi has changed my life a lot.  I am now being paid well, am able to meet all my needs on time, and I have acquired new knowledge of teaching “slow learners.”  I also have different life skills knowledge from the weekly workshops which is very important.  If I was not working with The Toa Nafasi Project, I would be just at home or maybe still engaging in small business.

What motivated me to work with Toa Nafasi is because I love children and I enjoy listening to them talk and tell stories.  I love my job because through listening to students who were slow learners, I have managed to teach a lot of them to become good students.

The day I enjoyed much which I will never forget is International Women’s Day which was very nice and enjoyable, and I met a lot of people and made new friends.

My feelings about my life have changed a lot.  I now know how to handle children with learning difficulties; I know how to differentiate slow learners and “normal” children.  Also, I have managed to know how to plan different classroom lessons and activities.  I have come to believe that if a child has been given a good foundation, she or he will become a good adult in the future.

My advice to parents and teachers is that they should not label children with bad names and assume they cannot change.  They should not neglect children with learning difficulties.  They should listen to them, give them more time to learn, and show them love and support in order for them to become good students.”