An early start on a beautiful chilly morning. Looking forward to our visit to Ntafufu Senior Secondary School.
John arrived for our 7.20am pick up. Packed lunches, check. First Aid kit, check. Head count, 12 students, check. And off we went.
As we arrived at Ntafufu School, we were ushered to the Headteacher's office to be formally introduced and welcomed.
Nelly, one of the teachers took us round to get acquainted with all the classes. As we entered the classroom, all students stood up and greeted us. We were all surprised how big the classes were. All Grade 10 classes have over 90 students, the smallest class size was about 40 students.
Teachers here face a mammoth task of delivering lessons to large mixed ability classes. They were upbeat and seemed to deal with the circumstances as best they can. This is the normality here. In some classes, learners were sharing one textbook between three and in others more students had their own books. We learnt later on that some of the resources were funded or donated, this included equipment and chemicals for the science lab.
The importance of education is deeply rooted. We observed high resilience and aspirations in learners. Our students were impressed that they knew exactly what they wanted to be and where they want to go in the future. Many have big dreams - accountant, engineer,pilot and astronaut.