It might be better to be an underdog


This post is to give the results of the English language scholarship that was discussed in the previous post “English learning scholarship”.  Ishmill Rachid is a student that most teachers and other school officials overlooked as an underachieving student.  However, he is the 2011-2012 winner of the English learning scholarship at the American language center in Ouagadougou.  He is a student that repeated his current class because he failed English last school year.  He also participated in over 40 hours of community service doing various activities such as trash pick up, mentoring younger students, and participating in after school activities in which I organized.  He was one of the students that came to me for tutoring in English 3-4 times a week for several months.  He also volunteered at the local health center in the village of Tchériba.  While he may seem studious he is also a comedian. He is a typical teenage boy that likes to have fun with his friends telling jokes, and playing soccer. One thing that meant a lot to him was learning English and passing to the next class. While he told his aspirations to his teachers and friends, most of them laughed saying a student that repeats a grade can never come in first.  However, Ishmil proved them wrong and almost immediately overnight became studious and kept his eye on his prize.  All his work paid off and I am so very proud to grant him the scholarship and to learn that he has passed to the next grade level.

This afternoon Ishmil and I went to the American Language Center to fill out his enrollment paperwork.  On Tuesday the 26 June he will take a placement test to see his level of english. On July 2 he will be starting his classes.

Congratulations and bon chance to all those who tried.  We all won in the end because the unwanted pregnancies which was part of the criteria decreased by 75% in one academic year.

Thank you all

think global live global


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