Beatrice, a teacher at African Vision of Hope School in Kafue, always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Even growing up, as the first born, she cultivated a nurturing nature by taking care of both herself and her five younger siblings. Because her family was poor and there were many children, they were sometimes unable to pay for her school fees.
Moving in with her aunt as a teenager, Beatrice was then able to finish her primary and high school schooling. She had to wait a few years to go to college because of finances, but she worked hard and was able to finish her teaching certificate. “I love children and that is what motivated me to become a teacher.”
In 2012, a neighbor told Beatrice about African Vision of Hope. She applied and was hired as a teacher. “When I joined this ministry, I came to realize that whether a child is an orphan, vulnerable, or has both parents, they are all born with nothing and face similar challenges. It is a teacher’s job to feed their minds. What we teach them builds their character, and we can speak words of hope and wisdom into their lives. To teach a child to read and write, and for them to understand, takes patience and love. Children have a passion to learn and always want to know more. ”
“African Vision of Hope teachers know about the vulnerability of their students because they grew up in the same situation. Here, our teachers are encouraged to continually learn and become better educators.”
Because of you, African Vision of Hope students have qualified, caring teachers who want to equip and prepare them to be the best they can be. January is the start of a new school year in Zambia. With your continued support, these teachers can start off their new school year on strong footing with adequate curriculum for their students, enough desks for their classrooms, and functional chalk boards.