MY FIRST SIX MONTHS HERE AT LIMAPELA have gone by so quickly; it is hard to believe I have been here for half a year now. My role in the schools has mostly been in introducing PE and encouraging the teaching of literacy. I have absolutely loved seeing the joy that such a simple 30 minute lesson outside can bring to a classroom of children. I have also noticed that it is not just the students who have been loving these PE lessons, but a lot of the teachers join in and become just as competitive and excited, if not more so, than the children.
A highlight these past few months has been working alongside another organisation called Beyond Ourselves Zambia to train teachers in the Jolly Phonics programme of literacy learning. After training our own Limapela and Luyando teachers, I have been encouraged to see them implementing these fun and engaging practices into their own classrooms.
Thankfully, the Kafakumba Singers accepted me as a part of their family from the start, and I have really enjoyed getting to know these young people and others around the community through the different outings and events. I loved running a holiday program with lots of children in the Kafakumba community during the last school holidays, and have been asked by many children and parents to do so again in the quickly approaching Christmas holidays. This is something I have to look forward to over the break.
— Kirsty Lickfold