On 20 November, in a very loud and crowded hall in the community of Chinotimba, on the outskirts of Victoria Falls, 42 students from the local preschool graduated in a fun-filled and educational ceremony.
ALERT has been assisting at the Chinotimba Pre-school in Victoria Falls since March of this year, with volunteers enhancing teaching time for the two classes and two teachers at the school. This month’s graduation marked a great milestone for the project as well as the teachers and students.
From start to finish, volunteers were involved in creating costumes for the special occasion, and assisted on stage as the students demonstrated their knowledge of colours, shapes and the alphabet as well as various songs, poems, Bible verses and even serenaded the audience with a rendition of Zimbabwe’s national anthem. A definite highlight of the event was the older classes’ production of Jack and the Beanstock.
However, the main event stole the show, as volunteers, staff and special guests crowded the stage to congratulate each individual student as they walked across the stage to receive their certificate and a special gift.
It has been a pleasure to be a part of enhancing the learning of the Chinotimba pupils throughout the year, and this day was the best way to finish off a very successful year.
ABOUT CHINOTIMBA PRE-SCHOOL
Chinotimba Pre-school educates 49 children up to age 6 in the Chinotimba township, on the outskirts of Victoria Falls town. As a community school, it relies on school fees to sustain its two teachers and ensure the children have the resources they need to learn. Unfortunately, the majority of the children attending do not pay school fees, and although the school will never turn students away, it has once been closed due to a lack of funds. ALERT is dedicated to ensuring the education of Chinotimba’s youngest learners adequately prepares them to enter the school system with the cognitive and social abilities to succeed in the future.