SCHOOL IS CLOSED – but the pre-schoolers in Chimoio still have their GRADUATION

2020 started with big plans for the New Hope pre-school in Chimoio, Mozambique. Wanderley & Rosaria da Silva were excited as they looked at the two new classrooms that had been built and the much larger intake from the local community – 80 little pupils this year.

But then COVID-19 changed everything and on Friday 20 March the school had to close. That same weekend, much of the world went into lockdown.

There were hopes of reopening the school on 1 May, then in early July, then August… but it was not to be. However, in June the da Silvas decided to do something to ensure that the children would not forget what they had learnt or be out on the streets too much. They implemented a lesson plan for the pre-schoolers to follow at home. They and the other missionary educators (as the volunteer teachers are known) met with parents who were interested three times a week to give out papers with exercises for the children to do. They continued giving out lessons and following up on the children’s progress right through the year.

Now, in November, it was time for the 5-year-olds to graduate. Having received authorisation from the government for the graduation to go ahead, the teachers arranged a short, simple ceremony for 22 children. Artistic and colourful as ever, with special cake, gifts and certificates, it was a wonderful time that will leave these children and their parents with many happy memories.

Praise God, New Hope pre-school has carried on blessing the children despite the pandemic!