A famous Swahili saying states, Mgeni njoo, mwenyeji apone, which literally translates to let the guest come so that the host or
hostess may benefit (get well). The morning of Friday 29th March 2019, the optimistic
pupils of Dagoretti Muslim Primary School gathered around the parade to welcome
the Juza team. Like a son waiting for
the arrival his father to bring him the toy he had promised, the pupils looked
forward for the day with loads of expectations.
The day marked the beginning of access to an expansive collection of e-books, audiobooks and other interactive learning material on their school tablets.
Upon arrival, the Juza team took the advantage of the hall being prepped to walk around the school. The sight of the poor pupils looking on with expectations was a site to behold. Wasting no extra minute, the team stepped into one of the lower classes, guided by Madam Anne and begun a private digital library session to get a glimpse of how the lessons will be taking place.
The children read the stories from tablets in which the digital library system had installed the previous day. Afterwards, Faith Ngokonyo one of the Juza team members engaged them with some questions to gauge their understanding.
When the private library session ended, the team walked back to the hall.
Since each pupil wanted to have a glimpse of the cadeaux the Juza team had brought, the entire school trooped to the school hall. Unfortunately, the hall wasn’t enough to accommodate the entire school. The quick thinking informed that the school could be divided into two then the whole process would be conducted twice.
Then Teacher Anne set the ball rolling by giving a powerful opening speech. She commented on the scarce amount of storybooks in their school library and how it didn’t cater for the needs of all the pupils. She lauded the Juza Africa efforts of making it easy to access a wide range of storybooks and other learning resources.
Next, was the turn of the guests to introduce themselves. The main take away from the team’s presentations was Juza had offered them a solution where they would access numerous amounts of storybooks and other e-learning resources on the palm of their hands.
The pupils absorbed the information with hope and expectations. That the tablets they had only heard off were now out of their boxes and now they had opportunity to use them.
The coming of the Juza Team had given them a chance to be near par with others who had made giant strides in matters accessing books digitally. The satisfaction in the end was vivid on their faces.
A famous African saying states you never leave a guest go back empty handed. The pupils too entertained the guests with poems, songs and dances.
As the curtains were closing on the activities of the day, few interviews were conducted from students and teachers to get their feedback.
And as it is the norm, Juza team will be sending some of its members back to school frequently to check on the progress.
If Juza was a human being, it would have been compared to mother who ensures all her children have equal measure of food. Through mother Juza, the children of Africa will have access to lots of e-books, storybooks and other learning resources.