“My older brother and sister stopped school in Grade 6. I want to be the first person in my family to graduate from high school.”
15 year old Makara* had to drop out of school in Grade 3 because of a family environment of poverty, alcoholism, and violence. For the last several years Makara and her older two siblings have been safely living with their grandparents.
In 2016 our social workers met Makara in a nearby fishing village where she lives and her grandfather works. When provided with the opportunity the young girl needed little encouragement to start school again and for the last two years she has been attending classes at M’Lop Tapang’s Education Center. The program at our Education Center, with a curriculum developed in collaboration with the Department of Education, helps children and youth who have never been to school (or have been out of school for a long time) catch up with their studies. The goal is one day they will be reintegrated into the local public school system at a grade level suitable for their age.
Very soon Makara will be finishing her studies at M’Lop Tapang and then will be moving back into the public school system to continue her education at the Grade 7 level. The young girl is determined and motivated to finish school we all wish her the very best. When she does move soon to the public school system she will continue to receive follow-up and support through M’Lop Tapang’s “Back to School” program.
*name and photo changed for confidentiality