Day 4 – Sharing pencil cases

Today we visited “Milk Better-10” School. (This is an interesting name for a school, but the area is called Milk Better 10 because there is a milk processing factory in it).

There were two Class Two classes in session, one class had 32 pupils, the other 35. Children in class 2 are aged 5-7. The school is a two-room one storey structure which was pretty grubby and smelly. The children were sitting on the floor around the edge of the rooms. In front of each child were handwriting books and a slate. They all said wonderful hellos as we arrived and there was lots of grinning – also from the children staring in at the open windows and doors.

They were very appreciative of the pencil cases, most answering very polite and clear “thank yous”. It was great to be able to give a pencil case to every child there – thank you families of Olveston School for your generosity. We took some video of them saying hello to Olveston School which we hope to share in assembly. We then gave out paper and the children started to draw. It was interesting to see that many of them used rulers to draw very formal looking “western” houses. Maybe this is what they dream of having most? We handed out letters and pictures from Year 6 at Olveston School and explained that children there were keen to know more about them. We also gave Olveston caps and school bags which will be shared between the staff.

This school is on the edge of the slum. Inside the slum the clinic volunteers (a group of very enthusiastic and helpful teenagers) had gathered some younger children and those who attended other schools. Here we handed out the packets of pencils and felt tips we had left and they were given paper. Clearly some of the younger children had not held a pen before; it was great to watch a three year old do some experimental scribbles. Other children must have drawn before as they drew some fantastic pictures of people. They were keen to hold up their work to the camera and grin. We also have these drawings to share at Olveston School. It has been a good day of children sharing across the world. And interesting to note that their pictures were pretty similar to those I seen drawn in the UK.