Alice’s Story – Getting a second chance through the Reflect programme

Posted Tuesday May 09, 2017 by Adrienne Gregory

Alice’s Story – Getting a second chance through the Reflect programme

We continue our stories of women who have had their education cut short because of conflict, but found a second chance.

Alice photo

Alice is 40 years old and a learner here in the Ri-Bodo centre. She only had one year of school when she was young. Instead of school she got married and had six children.

When she joined our Reflect Learning programme voluntarily in March 2016, she was unable to read, write and had no numeracy education. She has now gained experience in both basic literacy and numeracy.

On talking to her, it’s obvious how happy she is with being on the course.

“Literacy and numeracy have helped me in my day-to-day activities and in my small business when selling my produce, like potatoes, bananas, and cassava flour, in the local market” she says.

“Learning how to read a watch was not always easy for me now, a basic skill, but I used to estimate time of the day from the level of the sun. Today besides reading a digital watch, I can read even the hour, minute and seconds hand on a wall clock.” she tells us excitedly.

“For the first time in my life, I am able to read a doctors’ prescription, especially when my child was sick and I had to take them to the health clinic for medication. I was so happy to have been able to know what health medical officer wrote.

I now also feel that I can to guide my children, who are in primary school, since I can now monitor their school books and understand the things they have learnt that day.

I can now greet people who come to Ri-Bodo, from abroad in English. If there are any other learners who say that they have enjoyed this programme more than me, I would say, No! because it has changed my life!”

Alice is one of many adults who are participating in our Reflect programme, learning basic literacy and numeracy in the local language and in English. Reflect groups meet regularly with a local facilitator and focus on developing literacy and numeracy in areas which the group identify as most useful to their everyday lives.

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