Edited by: Yasintha Bere, Data Quality and Communication Officer
I am Sherin. That’s what my friends always call me. I am a little girl and I am 8 years old from a beautiful village far from the city. I am a third grader now since two months ago. Walking down the street with friends to school every day is the thing I love the most. We have much fun taking one kilo meter distance to and from school with lots of chit chats and singings. I have much love to my friends.
It was like just yesterday I entered primary school. There was an enthusiasm for making new friends, yet anxiety there was also for not performing well at school. Soon there were many in my list of great friends, yet I also started learning with some difficulties to recognize letters. Letter “A” became my favorite, simply because it’s the first letter alphabetically and that it was easy to write. It is not that easy, even quite difficult for letter “G” in comparison. Thanks to my great teacher who always assisted me through this learning process. I had my days full of learning letters, but also coupled with fun activities like singings, dancing, and plays.
In the second grade, I experienced new thing in my learning. Save the Children ran a program to assist us in the improvement of our literacy. It was started by some kind of test on our reading capabilities. Then came activities such as setting up our classroom with colorful letters and books and even providing us with books at community level. The latter is called “Reading Post”. I really like the reading post at community since it allows me to play and learn to read with my friends after school. It is open every Friday. We are facilitated by a community volunteer, who is, by chance, my pre-school teacher.
I have a favorite book at reading post. It is about caring for sick people. I love reading this book again and again, as I want to become a doctor. We are even allowed to borrow book for a week and I will always bring home this book. Besides, we are also provided at reading post with additional lessons on healthy life style and the importance of regular shower and breakfast. I see this as an important addition to my future goal.
With involvement in these activities, I find myself well improving in reading ability. I can now read long text and can assist my friends who are still strive with reading. I am confident that soon my friends and I can read as fluent as the older grader.