Creativity and Passion Brought to Teaching

By: Carlin Trevin Lenggu, Data Quality and Communication Officer

Every day, Tika’s father takes her to school near their home in a small village in Indonesia. Even heavy rain does not discourage her from making the trip — she is too excited to be learning how to read and write! Her excitement in gaining new skills through fun lessons and activities is thanks to the support and encouragement of her parents, teachers and Save the Children’s early childhood education program.

Tika and her literacy teacher Katarina

Tika also benefits from the special training her teacher, Katarina, has received through the program’s Literacy Boost for early grade teachers.  This specific training provides teachers with new strategies and tools to help bolster their classroom instruction.  For example, Katarina had trouble preparing material that was both engaging and easy to follow for her first-grade students.  The literacy training showed her new, fun ways to approach lessons that focused on the needs of her students. “Now my class is alive with attractive and colorful material and I am excited to see that there is a lot of improvement from the children,” she proudly explains.

For example, Tika is now a model student and enjoys helping her classmates with their reading and writing. She can also attest to the difference she felt in the classroom.  “My teacher taught us in a different way and now it’s fun,” she says. “She provided us with new games and songs of the alphabet, and decorated our classroom with colorful alphabetic drawings.” Laughing, she adds, “my favorite game is guessing letters written on our back by a friend using their finger.” 

Tika (middle) with her friends checking out books in their school library

Katerina understands that motivation, hard work and commitment are key to providing proper education to young children.  Through her creativity and passion, Katerina is able to foster a love of learning in her students and see the positive results of her efforts.  The smile on Tika’s face says it all!

Volunteers for Their Community

author-portrait_mengos-nazare-sebastiao-provincial-basic-education-coordinatorMengos Nazare Sebastião

Provincial Basic Education Coordinator

Save the Children in Mozambique

October 5, 2016

Salimo and Arcangelo are two volunteers from the community of Patone, who support Sponsorship program activities with Save the Children in Mozambique.

Thanks to sponsor support, Salimo and Arcangelo are able to help implement Literacy Boost programs for children of friends and family members, in the village they call home. This program is based on years of experience and evidence of what works in teaching children to learn to read: a well-trained teacher, plentiful and interesting books to read and a supportive home environment. Having seen the gaps in the early literacy skills of the children of Patone themselves, the two young men know the potential that Literacy Boost has to make improvements.

Volunteers Salimo and Arcangelo facilitating a reading camp session
Volunteers Salimo and Arcangelo facilitating a reading camp session.

When asked about what motivated them to volunteer their time, they said that they commonly see many school children above grade 3 who unfortunately cannot read or write. If children at this stage don’t have basic reading and writing skills, it’s very difficult for them to proceed with their education and continue into higher grades, often resulting in discouraged students dropping out of school entirely. For those who don’t drop out, children who lack these skills may need to repeat their early grades two, three or even more times. Eventually, their parents lose interest in sending their children to school because they feel they will not succeed, and pull them out so they can help with house chores or farming.

Arcangelo is proud to be a community volunteer with Save the Children.
Arcangelo is proud to be a community volunteer with Save the Children.

Salimo and Arcangelo know how crucial reading and writing is in the learning process, and that children cannot learn everything at school or by themselves. They know that learning takes place both inside schools and out, so it is important to work not only with teachers, but with parents, other community literacy volunteers and youth to create a holistic reading program.

For this reason, the volunteers advocate throughout the community for the inclusion of parents and caregivers in their children’s learning process. Also in their role as Sponsorship volunteers, Salimo and Arcangelo join the children after their lessons, providing them guidance and encouragement in their reading and writing. Putting the children in a learning environment after school helps to complement what the teachers do in the classrooms.

Their goal is to work to guarantee that more children can read and write during their first year of primary school. With the continued support of our dedicated family of sponsors, we can see that dream realized for Patone. All the way from Mozambique – Salimo, Arcangelo and the children they work with send their thanks!


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