Hope despite Covid-19 Pandemic

By Sister Ruth Nyanchama Mose
St. Josephs Preschool: pupil receiving a certificate of completion

Serving at St. Joseph’s preschool as a mentor has given me an opportunity to open myself to responding to the needs of the larger Bumbuna community. Good rapport among the teachers, parents, and pupils has helped us to work together for the good of all. Appreciating the effort of students has encouraged many of them to do well both in academics and in the extra-curricular activities of the school.

The school environment is secure and the teachers are hardworking. We value a spirit of teamwork. This has helped us to attend to different needs as they arise. Through songs, drama and peer learning, we engage pupils in various activities.

There is flexibility in terms of who teaches which class, because the needs of the young ones vary. For instance, the newer pupils found it hard to acclimatize to the new environment, new teachers and the school system. We encouraged them to stop crying and become involved. Now they are all settled and eager to learn. This has increased the parents’ trust in us.

The 2019/2020 academic session’s admission of pupils is tremendously higher than the school has ever had. This is a sign that we, teachers, are teaching with a difference; thus many parents want their children to be part of St. Joseph’s preschool family, because it is a family that nurtures all-round growth of pupils.

St. Josephs Preschool: a pupil addressing the congregation

The congregation that witnessed 2018/2019 academic session’s Nursery three graduation was impressed by the good work of the teachers. The different speeches made by various pupils were a clear sign that learning took place in the previous year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the closure of the schools for six months.

We resumed school despite the Covid-19 pandemic, hoping that there would be fewer cases of infection in our country. Teachers attended workshops/ seminars on prevention of the corona virus. We are observing all the precautionary measures given by the WHO.

I am hopeful that COVID-19 pandemic will be over soon and that I will continue to create a positive impact in the lives of pupils and those with whom I collaborate at the preschool.

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