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Stories | Teacher John Kavishe

"I didn't discover that I was not fully prepared until Mwangaza came into my life," revealed former science teacher John Kavishe—even after attending Teachers' Training College for three years and receiving a diploma in education. Now one of the program directors at Mwangaza, for more than ten years John taught, with no help from headmasters, from the Ministry of Education, from professional development through seminars, or from refresher courses.

teacher Kavishe"Most of my colleagues were encouraging me to quit," he remembered. "While I was a student in primary school I used to lead the class as a top academic performer. Then when I failed to make a good teacher it was discouraging."

The light of Mwangaza found all six-foot-two of Mr. John Kavishe in 1998 when he attended a five-day Mwangaza seminar that promoted new teaching techniques. "The biggest change was how students were involved. Before my Mwangaza education, students were not involved. I'd stand in front of the class and give them what I prepared," he admitted.

Asked what he would say to those who contribute to Mwangaza in so many ways so this program can continue, instantly his head dropped, and his eyes closed. Silence filled the air, and he placed his hand in front of his eyes. He wiped his eyes again and again. Once he gathered some composure, he responded: "I would say to them that their efforts are not futile. I know that it is not because they have nothing else to do with their money."

His response concluded with this: "I think they must know they have made a good investment with their money. God is in this because there are so many things that are not a matter of coincidence. All this is a matter of God's blessing."

One more question: Where would he be without Mwangaza? His eyes sparkled, a grin formed, and his distinctive dimples creased ever deeper as he smiled full-out: "I'm afraid to think about that!"


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