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One of the things that Why Wait is commended for by many teachers is that during the lessons boys and girls participate equally (usually girls are shy and rarely take part in situations that require individual involvement). Here a girl takes the challenge of reading a story from the teacher’s manual. This is in standard five where the learners start having all the lessons in English.
By teaching the learners that “each one of us is special“, the learners compete to show how special they are.
The garden was established with the intention of encouraging the learners to have small vegetable gardens at their homes as a way of “Caring for the environment” which is one of the lessons in standard five.
With such vegetable beds it is easier to make the surroundings clean and have rich meals.
Why Wait encourages learners to exploit their talents. In this photo a girl is moulding what the teacher is reading from the manual. Teachers are advised to encourage the learners by giving them all the necessary attention. The girl is enjoying what she is doing as both the teachers and classmates give her all the attention.
Alinafe Alick is in standard seven at Namphungo Primary School. Over the years, his parents had to take him to school and back home every day as he uses a wheel chair. Following the introduction of Why Wait, his classmates agreed to relieve the parents of Alinafe of this task. They now take turns to take him to school and back home everyday. The classmates have done this because Why Wait lessons teach them to find ways of putting into practice what they learn.
In this particular case they are showing their love to Alinafe and showing him that he too is special and not a nobody. Because Alinafe feels loved, he participates fully in all activities in his class. In this photo Alinafe joins the class in singing during a Why Wait class. God is using the lessons to change things!
“Why Wait” is a well designed and developed Life Skills programme. Each primary school class 5 to 8 has its own curriculum. Teachers too have a Handbook on What to teach, Why teach that, and How to teach. This ensures that all the participating schools go through the same material in the same way. Our plans are to start quiz competitions for the participating schools. This will motivate both the teachers and learners to take the programme seriously.
FLAEM believes in getting feedback from different stakeholders including the learners. Here, a group of selected learners take part in an evaluation exercise. It is from such feedbacks that we are convinced that “Why Wait” is addressing the needs of the learners.
Pupils singing one of the most loved songs in Why Wait “Nobody is a nobody”. The song has made a huge impact among the learners. It has taught them to treat each other as images of God. Those who are less privileged because of poverty, disabilities etc are assured that they are not a nobody. Some of the words of the song go:
“Nobody is a nobody believe me coz its true, Nobody is a nobody especially not me—–“.
The new school term which started on 6th January 2014, has already registered a number of successes regarding Why Wait.
A number of schools organised football matches between the learners and members of the community. The idea is to foster a good relationship between the schools and the community. With this good relationship, it is easy for both teachers and members of the community to work together in shaping the behaviour of the learners.
One of the schools went to clean a clinic (mopping, slashing and washing walls). They did this as a way of putting into practice one of the things they learnt in a Why Wait – being good citizens.
All schools have action plans on what they intend to do as a way of putting into practice what they learn. The plans include doing charity work for the needy and vulnerable in their communities, organising open days where members of the community will be invited to watch different performances aimed at pointing out some cultural practices that are harmful especially in the context of HIV and AIDS and exchange visits among many other things.
We are convinced that empowering our teachers will make them produce wonders with the pupils they teach.