I am pleased to present Noela Kitomari’s Teacher Feature.  This young woman is a real firecracker; super jazzed about everything life throws at her and absolutely in love with her work at Toa and becoming the best educator she can be.  She owned the IASE conference last year in Lushoto, showing no fear by the language barrier with many attendees and walking right up to new people, introducing herself and doing her damnedest to be heard and understood!

“When I was a little girl, I loved sport games and I enjoyed playing with friends.  Apart from that I loved sleeping much so it was very hard for me to wake up early in the morning to go to school.  Sometimes I was being late because I was sleeping too much up to the time of going to school.

Before joining The Toa Nafasi Project, I was volunteering to teach children at one of the neighborhood schools.  I loved much what I was doing because I love teaching and I enjoy talking to children.  I heard about Toa Nafasi from one teacher who knew about it and later on, when I heard they were searching for new tutors, I made an application and luckily enough I was selected and became a tutor at The Toa Nafasi Project in the year 2019.

Toa Nafasi has helped me to reach my dreams of being called ‘Teacher.’  Since I was young, I had a dream of becoming a teacher, and I thank Toa Nafasi because right now I actually am a teacher and I enjoy much teaching children and talking with them.  If I was not working with Toa Nafasi, I am sure I would be engaging in some small business which is not my dream.

I have had a lot of success since I joined Toa Nafasi.  I have taught a lot of kids who were not doing well in school and helped them to become good students.  I have managed to be independent, to manage my own life, and to acquire all my needs on my own.

The moment I will never forget at Toa Nafasi is last year when I got a chance to go to Lushoto in Tanga.  There was a conference about special education and I learned a lot of things and met a lot of people.  I was so happy and impressed to see one blind man who was a good leader as it showed me that disability does not mean inability.  I got some new friends too!

My attitude towards life has changed a lot.  I have known the importance of cooperation, and also, I have learned that living well with people is good but also helping a child from the beginning helps him or her become a good person in the future.

My advice to parents, teachers, and the community at large is that they should know that children who have learning difficulties should be given support and time to learn in order to become good students.”