Monday, September 13, 2010

Mini Graduation Course Three Zanzibits

After eight months of lessons, Zanzibits students completed Course Three -- web design and film making -- and are now anticipating the final course, which is media lab.

Completion of Course Three was marked by a mini-graduation, to which parents were invited to see the exciting and almost unbelievable results of the teachers’ efforts and the children’s hard work to reach their goals.
The mini-graduation took place in school at 10:00 am and started with the introduction of the Zanzibits staff. Then the students in turn introduced themselves to the audience and presented examples of the brilliant work accomplished over the eight-month Zanzibits course.

During a break in the program, the students got the chance to present a small surprise by reading a poem. The inspirational poem aimed to motivate the students to learn more and also to encourage co-operation among teachers, students, and parents, so that Zanzibits students will be able to attain their goals of becoming good web developers and designers both inside and outside of Zanzibar.

After the presentation, the guest of honor -- the founder/director of the Zanzibits NGO, Mr. Guy Mullens – spoke about what he had just seen during the presentation. He was very impressed with the amazing work by the students. Mr. Mullens took the time to thank the parents for attending the graduation, and he tried to speak in Swahili so they could understand. He also encouraged the students to learn more every day so that they can build on their knowledge and become even better at their work.
When Mr. Mullens had finished his speech, he took the opportunity to award the course completion certificates to the graduates and gave honors to those who did especially well on their exam. Finally, the parents offered their advice to the students and trainers to take advantage of these opportunities, that it would help them in the future.

The graduation was very well-organized and everyone was pleased with the whole program. Now the students eagerly await to know if they will continue with the media lab course. Hopefully no one will drop out in this year, which would be great news for Zanzibits.

At the time of this writing, school was closed for the Eid festival. It will reopen the 20th of September for the new course.

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