A school can earn its name because of its many HIV orphans and child brides or because of its acts of touching kindness. At a place called the "Cry Community School," the smallest children presented a gift to the oldest elder, this 83-year old woman. All the elders received gifts and songs from learners of all grade levels who had worked to raise money and written poems and songs in their honor.
Many FCL-trained community schools, such as the John Howard School, enroll 500 students, with up to 50% or more orphans and all vulnerable children. John Howard School began when women came together to start a small shareholder farm and some entrepreneurial projects. Its teachers and a parent, pictured below, fill several roles. They talk girls into staying in school. They teach children not to fight but to adopt humanitarian values as members of the Love, Respect, Peacemaker or Humanitarian class. They borrow text books from government schools and copy all the information at night, then return the books in the morning, to make sure the full extend of the grade-level content informs the FCL unit plan. They undo stigmas against HIV and TB orphans and albinism. Due to the constellation of community supporters, this is truly a Full-Circle Learning Community.
The Love School has even fewer resources and still has a strong altruistic-academic program, although the teachers must divide one tent into four sections to teach their many students. In these schools, education for all has become education for altruism. Below, at the table, teachers from four schools brainstorm service-based unit plans.
A special thank you to EDI and to employee Michelle Walker, seated with a classroom of learners below, for making the long journey to assist with this community impact study.