from March 2009 Newsletter (Volume 4, Issue 1)
During the November grand opening and blessing ceremony of the Mwalimu Anna Academy, members of the Asante Africa leadership team were guests of honor. We were treated with vivid images under the African sun: the church choir singing in perfect pitch and harmony as hundreds of local parents, community leaders, teachers and on-lookers gathered. Tree branches were dipped in holy water and sprayed on the building for blessings as squirming nursery schoolers sat in the dirt.
Mwalimu Anna Academy is the first English-based curriculum in Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania and its opening left parents and community members overjoyed. Children come home at night and pass along their knowledge of English to the rest of the family who are now able to sell products to English-speaking tourists. The school was founded by the amazing Anna Moshi, a retired teacher who recruited her family and donated family land to realize her dream of building a school that would benefit the community. Asante Africa Foundation is pleased to be a part of her journey and to support her vision.
On this magnificent opening day, the community, parents, teachers and Asante Africa Foundation members celebrated a brightly painted two-room school fully equipped with classroom furniture, textbooks, teaching supplies and covered (indoor) latrines.
In addition to the blessing of the classrooms, Asante Africa participated in the graduation of 23 kindergartners moving on to Primary 1 grade level. This was the first time a graduation at this grade level was held. During the ceremony, orphaned children were surrounded by members and teachers as they walked the graduation path to the stage to accept their diploma. What a magical sight!
Anna is busy with the next set of plans; to continue building four more classrooms for Mwalimu Anna Academy and we’re confident she will succeed. Asante Africa is pleased to partner with Anna and her vision of quality education.