Our latest Alumni Annal was prepared by Toa tutor Dorin Mongi and concerns a student named Calvin who started Standard One at Kiboriloni Primary School in 2015.
There was a student called Calvin who started Standard One in 2015 at Kiboriloni Primary School. Madam Hereni, who was a government school class teacher of Standard One, said that when Calvin started school, he was not coming frequently and he didn’t like to be there. However, in cooperation with the Toa Nafasi tutors, she had to make sure that Calvin attended classes and that he stayed in class all days and also attended all school days. As time went on, Calvin started changing and becoming a good student. Madam Hereni said, “Really, Toa Nafasi is doing great work and they have helped many students including Calvin. We appreciate the support they give our students.”
Also Mr. John, the father of Calvin, said that before his son started school, he knew that he didn’t like the idea of going to school and preferred playing games than doing anything else. Mr. John was called by the tutors of Toa Nafasi shortly after school started and they informed him that his son didn’t know how to read, write, or count. Also, he was learning very slowly. The father continued to say, “After being told by the tutors, I took their advice on how to help my son at home, to teach him, and to make a follow-up that he reaches school on all school days. I did that and as time went on, I was very happy to see my son changing and becoming a good student and loving studying. For sure, the tutors did great work, and I am really thankful.”
Mr. John also said that Calvin began behaving well at home in addition to in school and doing well in class. He gave advice to other parents that “if parents show cooperation to the tutors and listen to their advice on how to help their children at school and at home, their children will improve and do better in studies and in other social matters.” He continued, “I don’t know how I can pay tutors for what they did to help my son.”
What the tutors did was through observation and assessment, they found that Calvin was not coming to school daily or that sometimes he would come to school and stay outside around the toilets playing alone. Apart from that, the tutors noticed that Calvin didn’t know how to read, write, or count, and he was learning very slowly. Madam Dorin, a Toa tutor at Kiboriloni, said, “We used flip charts with different drawings, syllables cards, cards with numbers, songs, puzzles, and different games to teach him gradually. We told him the importance of studying at home and coming to school every day.”
She continued that through encouraging and supporting Calvin in his studies, he started changing. He began to love coming to school, to improve in his studies, and later on he started to know well how to read, write, and count. He started coming to school on all school days and stopped staying by the toilets playing alone. Calvin was staying in class and learning with the other students and following all the school rules.
These days, Calvin is in Standard Six and doing well in his studies. When we talked to him, he said, “When I started school, I liked to stay outside because I feared sticks and I liked playing much more than studying.” But he said the tutors of The Toa Nafasi Project would encourage him and support him to learn, to attend class on time, and to do all activities given by the teacher in the school day. Thus, Calvin began to enjoy being taught in the Toa class where the tutors were not using sticks, and where lessons were taught involving games and pictures which were enjoyable. Calvin said, “I felt very good when it was time to go to the Toa class because I loved the teachers. I appreciated them so much because they taught me to read, write, and count numbers. They were loving and caring to me.”