Day of the Namibian Child and Reading Club

When I recently lamented my neglect of this blog, a friend said: “Live your life now – write about it later…”

But I couldn’t go any longer without telling you about one of my many activities.

The country recently celebrated The Day of the Namibian Child (think of it as a kids’ version of Mother’s and Father’s Days) and the national Readathon. I was invited to read to the collected learners at Arandis Primary School in a colorful and joyous assembly.

The learners were greeted with a colorful display.
The Arandis Primary School teacher and principal who organized the day.

The learners proudly sing their school anthem.

That event led to my starting an after-school Reading Club where we are able to read aloud each day for 45 minutes and then discuss life in general for about 15-30 minutes. They are so curious and ask great questions!

Author: Chris

Until 2019, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia focused on Community Economic Development. Before that, I was a high-tech executive, small business owner, consultant and business broker.

3 thoughts on “Day of the Namibian Child and Reading Club”

  1. Hi Chris,
    I am inspired by your acts of kindness and thoughtfulness. You have made a lasting impression on many in Namibia. As you near the 3/4 mark of your time in service, know you are missed and I think of you often.

  2. We want to contribute books to your reading club! and maybe have enough for kids to take home…? (I volunteered in elementary schools as a reading buddy. Once a month they got to take a book home and it was so exciting for them to have a book of their own in their home.) What’s the best way to do that logistically? We can take this off line… unless others are interested!

    1. Thanks, Jenn – that’s very kind of you! Our junior library in town can always use more books, particularly for Grades 2-5. It may take a couple of months to get here, but if you send them to me at the address below, I’ll be sure they get delivered. Good Condition Used Books are actually better than New, and be sure to label them as such so we can avoid import duties. Thank you!

      Chris Wilmoth
      Arandis Town Council
      Private Bag 7002

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