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Meet Cecelia, a 31 year old lady with two kids who made the tough decision to go back to primary school to pursue her studies. She is now in grade 7.


I met Cecelia the first day I started going to Mtsiriza Primary School for after- school writers club. She could not stop staring and smiling at me; she was very shy just like all the other girls. They were so afraid to speak and read in English. At the end of the day, I knew that Mtsiriza School was going to be a very challenging teaching experience for me, but at the same time, a lot of fun.


The more I visited Mtsiriza, the more Cecelia and the other girls opened up. Cecelia enjoys reading her stories. She was determined to try and very eager to learn.  She never tired of asking questions.

Just a few weeks ago Cecelia started sharing her life with me. “I was brought ku Chitengwa (to live with my in-laws.) after I married. It has not been easy for me, but at least I have a good husband who agreed that I can go back to school,” she said. “One day I decided to start coming to school to borrow books from the headmistress and I slowly started reading them at home. I told the headmistress that I wanted to borrow books so I could teach my child how to read. But one day I decided to tell the headmistress the truth. I was brave enough to tell her that the books were for me to read as I planned to go back to school full time.”Today, Cecelia goes to the same school as her two children. Cecelia confessed that it is not easy to be in the same class with the 11-12 year olds, but she wants a better life for herself and her family. Her other confession was that, it is not easy to be a mother and a wife at home and go to school as a primary school student. I told Cecelia to take a day at a time and always to know that I am here for her whenever she needs me.



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