Greetings from Koro,
The first month of the year has been full of good things as well as challenges.
The parents meeting with the teachers went very well. The parents have been grateful for the textbooks their kids got from the school. We urged them to oversee the use of those textbooks by the kids at home.
Teachers have succeeded in the government test, indeed three of them are quitting us because of success on the government test to go into public teaching. Many teachers quit the private teaching because of the pressure to get a good result while at the public school there is not much requirement of efficiency and results. As we give continuous training to our teachers to be better teachers, it is understandable that they easily pass the comparative test; anyway we will continue to train our teachers for better work as long as they are with us.
New teachers are getting enrolled. We thank God for the quality of teachers we are getting and we pray that they be able to face the challenges.
Recent events in the world and specially Boko Haram in Nigeria and the“Charlie event” in France have changed how the kids react to the world view education courses. We are grateful that the kids understand the principle of Devil influencing people to make bad decision and act badly.
In some villages around us, January and February are the months of Quran study when some kids leave the classic school to go and study the Quran. For sure they come back and are behind the other students as they stop coming for about two months. Moussa Barry one of our students has done this many times. We can still see how behind he is and how difficult to get things done at school as he frequently asks to go out from class for religious duty.
Moussa’s Dad is an Imam (Muslim version of Pastor) and a specialist of founding and building Mosques. He testified to us through his brother that after he realized how behind Moussa was, he decided to bring him where there is better teaching. We pray that God help us to help better these kids like Moussa, returning from Quran School.
Please pray for the beginning of the school building project starting soon. We are now gathering sand and bricks.
Thanks to you all so much. You have been such a blessing to us and the people we serve here in Koro.
We pray that God returns to you the blessings as he promised.
Your friend Ibrahima.