26 graduate from SOS Kindergarten
It was a day of smiles and happy reflection at Adansonia Hotel in Francistown last Friday as the children of SOS Kindergarten celebrated their well-deserved graduation.
Having opened its doors in 2020 with an intake of just three pupils, the pre-school, which is under the care of Institute of Development Management (IDM), has grown considerably since then.
This was reflected in the fact that a total of 26 kids graduated on the big day in a feel-good ceremony held under the theme ‘Nurturing for Success’.
Fittingly, the children were the stars of the show, putting on a production of the Birth of Jesus Christ. Dancing added to the flavor of the day, which was capped by the youngsters taking to the stage to regale the audience on lessons learnt during their time at kindergarten.
In his welcome remarks, IDM Branch Manager for Francistown, Elijah Moakofhi explained that as well as supporting SOS, the institute’s relationship with the kindergarten gave their Early Childhood students hands-on experience of working with children in the classroom.
Praising the pre-school for its impressive increase in enrollment in just three years, Moakofhi said, “The numbers we are witnessing today shows the school is making a remarkable mark in early childhood education in Francistown.”
Guest Speaker, Francistown Center for Deaf Education Deputy Head, Charity Ngoyi said the theme was perfect as the youngsters were indeed being nurtured to succeed.
“As a school we must be seen and exist to provide adequate and relevant educational services for the total success of our children. Gathering here we are telling the world we successfully achieved our primary goal of nurturing our children,” she declared.
Ngoyi further warned that, now more than ever, children need protecting as they are at risk of evils such as child trafficking, ritual murders and all forms of abuse.
“Parents must ensure children are raised properly and guided to know right from wrong; if they are nurtured well, their potential is unlimited,” she concluded fiercely.
Speaking on behalf of her classmates, six-year-old Omosa Mariri thanked the parents and IDM for celebrating the day with them.
“We are ready for Standard One because of the support you have showered us with,” she said shyly.