The CARE Africa team had the exciting, privilege of hosting our first Teacher Appreciation Day! A time designated to honoring the teachers and administrators of Living Springs Academy, the school in which all twenty-eight of our CARE kids are currently enrolled and attending. During this time together we sought to express our gratitude, question them about their needs, and of course pamper them a bit with refreshments. Teacher Appreciation is a well-known practice in the states, but for this group of educators it felt slightly bizarre to feel so appreciated!
Sitting amongst the crowd as a fellow teacher, I really identified and sympathized with their struggles. Teaching, no matter your location in the world, already offers its standard level of complimentary challenges. You know things like hours of lesson planning, grading endless stacks of papers, disciplining uncompromising children, keeping parents happy, and simultaneously remaining in step with demanding educational standards. Then, add on top of that the challenges of teaching in Nigeria and the job really loses all appeal! Classrooms have no fans or air conditioning when temperatures are above 100 degrees, books are scarce, no paint or pictures for the walls, a chalk board as your sole visual aid, an unbearable student to teacher ratio, below standard pay, and much, much more! You don’t have to spend much time in Nigeria to recognize the short falls in education; however, all things considered they must be applauded for their tenacity.
The burden to help right the wrongs of Nigeria’s education system has been on my heart since day one of moving to this country. However, such an endeavor is colossal in size, and much bigger then myself! I believe God is beginning to answer my prayers by calling the CARE Africa team to fully come alongside Living Springs Academy. Through our partnership we can work together in providing for both their tangible and intangible needs. Subsequently, sparking a small fire that will slowly begin to spread its way across this community, this state, and maybe even this country.
Below is a wish list for this school. Some big some small, but valuable in improving this schools educational standard. I feel strongly that the numerous years my family has been involved in education has partially been in preparation for a time such as this. I know the resources for many of these items are at my fingertips. Most likely over half of the people reading this blog now are educators or somehow connected to the profession. So, pray about it. How might you be able to assist today in making
a small, worthwhile, and lasting difference? Maybe it is through your prayers, perhaps through your gifts, or possibly through your time here in Egbe?
Living Spring Academy Needs:
- A Library- book donations, funds for books to be purchased in Nigeria, shelving, and training on how to best utilize a school library.
- A computer Lab – computers and computer equipment (new or gently used) and training on best practices in teaching basic computer skills and programing.
- Manipulative and Visual Aids for classrooms
- Toys and learning games for Pre- Nursery Classrooms
- Play ground and Sport Equipment
- Professional Development Seminars- child psychology, teaching english, and just best practices in all curriculum areas would be appreciated.