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Asha is a young mother living in Tandale, an area of Dar es Salaam. She has one son, Fesali, who is two years old. She has known ATD Fourth World for many years, participating in the Street Library when she was a child, to which her son now comes, and she is a member of the Young Friends of ATD group. She is now learning the skills of tailoring.
Asha: “When I was in primary school there were students who were not cared for by their parents, many were orphans and some lived on the streets. The school recognised these students and was ready to incur the costs of their studies, for uniform, fees, everything. But in the same school there were other children who were also orphans, who had also lost one or both parents, but the school did not recognise this fact and it was very difficult for them to study and continue in their lessons.
I was not happy with the situation some of the student s were facing, because myself I had lost a parent. I was able to continue my studies, but other were not able. So, I decided to go directly to the teacher of my class to speak about this issue, explaining about the difficult situation some students were facing, and I asked what we could do in order for these students to continue their lessons.
After discussing with the teacher, he went to meet the head teacher, who called some of the other teachers to discuss about why these students had stopped coming to school, The school head and teachers decided these children would come to school without having to pay any fees until they reached Standard 7 (the last year of primary school). After Standard 7, some of these students passed there exams and the school accepted to continue to support them in further training”.