A 'Shout Out' from 15 Pre-schoolers in Malava, Kenya
In March 2010, Sister Lorraine Connell traveled from the Congregational Mission Office in Ipswich, Mass., USA, to the Sisters' newly established Notre Dame Early Childhood Development Center in Malava, Kenya. While on location, Sister Lorraine filmed the school's 15 students -- 11 boys and four girls -- performing a song of greeting and thanks in Swahili. The children, who speak a variety of tribal dialects at home, learn English as well as Swahili in school.
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Getting Down to ABC Basics
The Sisters in Kenya use every available resource in order to teach their students. When an original ABC poster ripped and frayed from repeated handling, and could not be readily replaced, the Sisters used a side of a cardboard box to recreate the alphabet chart.
What better way to reinforce lessons and preserve teaching tools for future classes than by painting information on the sides of school buildings?
The Sisters' example of ingenuity and resourcefulness is an important part of the children's education. A former colony of Great Britain, Kenya uses British spellings of English words like "colour."