|By Ephraim Legasa on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 6:23 am: Edit Post|
I FELT I WAS DEALING WITH THE FUTURE OF MOZAMBIQUE...
It's just over a year ago that Joseph Machele left his native Tanzania to join the May 2002 Team at KNEC. He completed his 6 months training and proceeded to Nacala, Mozambique, where he worked at a Vocational School. Now he is in the last 2 months of his programme, known as Camp Future. Time to reflect, look at what has been and what will come. Below you can read an extract from the report Joseph wrote about his experiences as a Development Instructor. Be inspired:
"The Vocational School in Nacala teaches and educates young people skills which qualify them for employment within construction, agriculture, commerce, hotel industry and cooling systems. The programme at the school has a theoretical and practical part. My tasks were within both those parts. Apart from that I mobilised students and teachers for HIV testing, making campaigns in schools to improve facilities and methods of teaching and setting up children's education centres (for those who do not attend primary school).Today am happy to say that the experience I acquired from fundraising has put me in a position where if I were to work in a project I would not have to worry about how I am going to get funds to run the project since I have the skills in fund raising.
Joseph during his first period at KNEC
The second major challenge was during the second period at the project in Mozambique. First it meant having to adjust to my new language; Portuguese, and a new environment and culture.
Then I had to put in a lot of effort at the Vocational School through motivating the teachers and students since they were all looking at me to instruct them.
I was faced with the way people lived in Mozambique they were walking bare footed without enough food to sustain them. I was indeed touched by the level of illiteracy in the country and I strongly felt the need of my presence there.
I now knew that I had not made a mistake in choosing to work as a volunteer."
|By Kris Alonge (22.214.171.124) on Friday, January 23, 2009 - 10:32 am: Edit Post|
In November 2008 leaders of the KNEC were arrested. You may see the news article (in English) at tvindalert.com