Honey Badger’s support helps Jackson go from strength to strength.
Jackson is an 8 year old boy. He lives with his elderly grandmother in our village; he is from a poor family and was not able to start school at 6 years olds as many of his age mate. About a year ago we began to sponsor Jackson. We paid his school fees, bought him some text books and got him a uniform. This cost us a meagre £40. We were really hopeful for him, he is a bright boy, he is super keen and he just wanted to learn. Each day he came to us with his exercise books to show us his work, he was so proud of what he was doing. When we received his first test results, about 3 months after starting, we were a little shocked and upset, he got between 6% - 12% for all his subjects. He was position 160 out of 176. It was very clear that he needed more help.
With the help of our wonderful SAIDIA Tanzania volunteers things were set to change. We met with our local education centre (Honey Badger supported project), Jackson and his grandmother and made a plan. It was clear he needed tuition so we initiated a tutoring programme for Jackson, initially one-on-one daily training with our volunteers based at the Second Chance Education Centre and later, after the departure of the volunteers, he continues to receive tuition from the centre. Yesterday we received his exam results. He received the following:
Swahili – 84%
English – 100%
History – 80%
Science – 68%
He ranked 46th out of 165 pupils. We are so very proud of Jackson and wish him huge congratulations for all he is working so hard to achieve. Education is not just a one off payment, getting a disadvantaged child to school is not enough. These children need continued support to provide them with the opportunities they need to excel.
We are also so very grateful for the hard work and support he has received from Wenlai and Alex (our SAIDIA volunteers) and from the Second Chance Education Centre. The centre is set up to help young people like Jackson and we continue to support it whole heartedly. Finally we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who chooses to stay, safari or climb with Honey Badger – with your support we can continue to help people like Jackson.
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