published in Children • Education • Refugees • The GRACE Project on October 5, 2018
Eshetu and education
Eshetu is Principal of Gambela Early Childhood Development Centre, looking after more than 640 children aged 4 and 5.
“I arrived in Kakuma in 2008 from Ethiopia.
When I came to Kakuma, I became a teacher because I want to support the children. I received training from LWF (Lutheran World Federation – ALWS partner).
I need more training in management and administration, and in the new curriculum.
Our big challenge here is the classroom.
The old classroom has termites. The desks also need repair. Our outdoor equipment is spoiled by the rain and the sun. The main gate also needs repair.
We also have a shortage of teachers, and there is such congestion in the classroom.
The children really want to come to school.
They like learning and playing and interacting with each other. The porridge they receive is also an incentive, and the children also get biscuits.
The children learn to count. They identify letters.
When we have the new classrooms it will be safe for the learners. There will be less congestion, so the teachers will be happy too.”