The Power of an Engaged Community
This is part 3 of a 4-part series on Kabirizi School. Click here to read the story in full.
Recently we sat with Theonest, a parent representative at Kabirizi, to hear the many ways in which the School General Assembly prioritizes the education of their students.
Between bringing back vulnerable and dropped-out students, teaching fellow parents the importance of getting involved in their child’s education, and building a school kitchen and fence, Kabirizi’s parent community exemplifies the power of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and has transformed the school as a result.
Theonest shared one of the key learnings he took from Wellspring training: ”I learned that the school belongs to us first, which was not the case before I came in contact with Wellspring. If [the school] performs well, we all win; if it performs poorly, we all have failed. I know I have a voice in the school community of my child. So I work with the school to make sure it is working very well.”
Through ABCD training, parents now visit teachers to learn how they can support and engage with the school and are aware not only of their strengths but also the needs of their children. As a result, they put their children’s learning first because they know the power of quality education.
“Many parents are aware that education is the future of our country.”
At the center of each healthy school is a strong team of parents dedicated to the success of their students—and this is true of Kabirizi! Parents of the school community are using lessons from Wellspring training to join with leaders and teachers to nurture their children’s hearts and minds. And while parents are meeting with teachers, students are being brought back to school, and fences are being built, there is still more that they wish to do in support of the school and their children.
Through the ongoing support of Wellspring trainers, parents can continue unlocking their abilities to meet the needs of their school and students. Will you partner with Kabirizi’s parents as a Monthly School Partner to see even greater transformation in the hearts and minds of their community and children?