One of our focus areas for evangelism is providing a solid educational foundation for children from the poorest families who have a high likelihood of never going to school. In two rural Mus!im villages we have a two-year early education center for young scholars. Upon graduation from our Joyful Place kindergarten, they can read and do simple computations that prepares them for first grade in the local government school. The children receive a nutritious lunch daily, are taught by Christian teachers, experience chapel bi-weekly and their families are personally visited by the church’s pastoral team. Class size is small, better suited for individualized attention. It is our joy to impact young lives!
Introducing our teachers:
Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Abu (Ah-boo) is young and not yet married but stands out as an exceptional leader. He lives in the village where the school is located and is actively involved in the church there. He is passionate about exposing the school children to the gospel during weekly chapel gatherings Abu had experience teaching first grade before coming to our Mana Gammachuu school as lead teacher, and he has done a great job. By kindergarten graduation, children are reading and adding and subtracting simple problems, ready to tackle first grade.
Lelo is married with three children and lives in a village near the school. He is a certified teacher who came to us with three years experience teaching pre-school. His goal is to teach letters and numbers, colors & shapes and develop large and small motor skills through games and manipulatives. With only 20 students, there is plenty of one-on-one interaction. Lelo is devoted to preparing young children for the final year of kindergarten where they will be well equipped to learn to read and do simple math.
Chala is married and has two young children. He lives in a little town next to the school. As a certified teacher, he taught third grade for seven years prior to coming to our kindergarten. Chala instructs the younger kindergarten students, laying a firm foundation for reading, teaching numbers and counting and the daily expectations of classroom behavior.
Giving a hand-up to a child in poverty does two things: it gives the child a head start scholastically and opens doors in a closed Mus!im community. $48/month provides a year of school for a child at one of our Mana Gammachuu (Joyful Place) kindergartens. As a child graduates to first grade, sponsorship rolls over to another child the next school year. NewLife Ethiopia has seen wonderful relationships forged in communities hostile to the Gospel by serving their children and their families. We would love for you to be a part of this important ministry!