For over fourteen years, the Mukwashi school day has been dictated by the classroom space we have available. Now, thanks to a lot of hard work during the winter break (and much overseas generosity), we‘ve been able to transform the school day for everyone.
We’ve converted a staff home into a special unit for our Early Years’ service; and, on 1st February, our youngest pupils started learning in their new ‘home’. This new unit includes a large classroom, purpose-built toilets and a small ‘nap’ room (our EY teachers will be needing this), and offers care and learning for 25 three and four-year-old children from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.
This means we have freed a classroom in the primary school, and, consequently, all our upper primary pupils are now learning at the same time in four classrooms (from 7:00 am to 12:00 noon), and then our lower primary children can use the same four classrooms from 12:50 pm to 4:10 pm. Plus, all our secondary school pupils can now learn simultaneously in our other five classrooms (from 8:40 am to 3:20 pm).
If this wasn’t enough change, we also converted an old staffroom into a new classroom for our Catch-Up Class — and hired a full-time specialist teacher to help children who have had a late start to school, or an interrupted education, with the skills to ‘catch up’ with their literacy and numeracy!