Visiting SWTz Day Care (Matrix)
The last day for me was truly what makes this trip one of the most memorable trips in my entire life.
As a result of the donations I raised in the memory of my sister, Matheryn Naovaratpong, Rebecca and Wendy from Seeway arranged a special ceremony dedicated to Matheryn. The ceremony took place at SWTz Day Care, a new community nursery school that Seeway had built with the help of students from many different Nord Anglia schools around the globe (St. Andrews was one of them!). The daycare was initiated by Seeway after their recognition of the importance of early years education for children in Tanzania.
“Over 60% of children in Tanzania start primary school aged seven years having had no early years education. They have lost out on the most vital years for learning. In our area, there are few affordable AND good quality opportunities for young children to attend nursery school.”
The daycare was originally designed for a handful of students, however, many more students attended Seeway than they were expecting, meaning they had to build more classrooms to meet the needs of those children. From my visit to the nursery, it is clear that the children who attend the daycare are receiving a range of educational opportunities. They can speak and understand English to a very impressive extent regarding their ages.
Additionally, the SWTz Day Care is in the process of opening two new classrooms for children with special needs following Martina’s concern about how children with special needs are being treated in Tanzania. They named one of the classrooms “Matheryn classroom” in the memory of my sister and I was given the honour to be the one to open up the classroom, by cutting a ribbon and giving a speech. Rebecca and Martina gave a little tour of the classroom and introduced us to the very first child that will be placed in the special needs unit. We then had a cake together to celebrate what we have achieved so far - with help from schools and donations from all around the world. I then gave them a portrait of Matheryn to put up on the classroom wall, so that she could be looking at the children in the very classroom that was named after her.