On 10th March, 2014 a delegation of 20 United States of America Government army and air force officials visited NM-AIST and Nganana and Nambala primary schools on the e-readers project. It was exciting for the project to receive a high delegation from US since the project launch. The delegation lead was Lt Col Scott Shepard. We had a very good afternoon with our visitors. They arrived at NM-AIST campus at 2pm and we started off to Nganana. It was very hot indeed and all 20 guests had to hike the track to Nganana for 10min in the heat. This was favorable weather for Nganana for if it rained we wouldn’t have made it…
When we got there the kids were so glad and surprised by soo many guests. The kids were anxiously waiting for us at the school’s assembly….under beautiful shade of trees at the school. They sang two songs in English, very confidently…it’s the first time I heard them sing in English…they always sing in Swahili. Then they read a poem in English “I am an African” from their e-readers. It was nice.
Thereafter Lt Col Scott talked to the kids. They were very excited when he asked what they kids want to be when they grow up. He asked for teachers, doctors, army officers, pilots…those were the professions of the people on the group. The kids learned a HIGH FIVE too and they loved it. They gave a high five to all kids that performed at Nganana and gave them toys and colors.
On the second leg of the school tour, we took a bus to Nambala from NM-AIST. The visitors went to two classes of grade 7 and 6. The kids read aloud in turns stories of “Bidii the bee” and “Story of my village”. Visitors
were excited to hear the kids read in English interesting stories. Lt Col Scott equally challenged Nambala students on the jobs they want to take up when they grow up. They were excited. We took a group photo and drove back to NM-AIST. It was a wonderful afternoon for all parties: visitors and hosts at both schools and the NM-AIST Ecolab team.