I had just concluded my end of semester examinations and the feelings of both excitement and anxiety engulfed me: I am reporting to Wangu Primary School in Dandora Phase 3 to start my journey as a Teaching Assistant.
That was three months ago. How time flies!
At the onset, I had second thoughts about the decision I had made. Flash forward to the present and the story could not be more different. As I jot this down I am all smiles. Getting into class in the morning and the bright faces of eager learners meet me; I have never felt so fulfilled!
A moment I will forever cherish is a mid- morning when I went to assist teach in Class 6 A1. My gaze meets four boys, strategically positioned in class wearing ‘spectacles’ made by a series of interwoven wires. You see, I wear spectacles. That is when it hits me just how much of an impact I have on these kids. They not only look at me as a teacher but also as someone they want to emulate. That moved me.
Given another chance, I will continue inculcating proper life values through the “Ambassadors of Character” club that I started in the course of my internship at Wangu. I realized with the environment that the kids interact on a daily basis, they pick up twisted values that will eventually deteriorate their society. That, I am determined to change!
As for the PACE experience, I struggle to find the right words to sufficiently capture it. What I have learned from PACE: Great impact can be achieved through small acts of service.
THANK YOU, PACE.