Tujatane Tales
Term 3
Sept - Dec 2006
Volume 10.


On 11th October 2006 we welcomed a Japanese film crew. They came to learn a little about Zambian culture and their filming will be shown on TV in Japan. The actress Maiko Kawakami first visited the village to see where some of our children live and walked to school with the children. She brought glass wind chimes and taught our Grade 3 children how to paint on them. Our children had fun being creative and colourful as each painted their own wind chime. These are now hanging in their classroom. Monica, one of the Grade 3 girls aged 8 years and a fantastic dancer then gave Maiko a Zambian dancing lesson on our amphitheatre, and all our cultural dancers gave the crew a wonderful show of different traditional dances and some great drumming. It was an educational visit that allowed us to learn many things from each other. We are looking forward to seeing the film when it is ready.

Pride Nawa from Grade 6 writes: ‘I felt very happy when Mr Himwiita told us that we will be shown on the television. We had done our level best when performing. We performed 4 dances. It was so amazing that I wish they could come back and visit again.’

Buchete from Grade 3 says: ‘We went to the amphitheatre to see Maiko Kawakami dance with Monica Banda.’ – See Buchete’s drawing to the left.

Phinias Mweetwa from Grade 6 writes: ‘I felt very happy when I saw the Japanese at our school and at my house. They photographed us as we were dancing and as I was coming to school. I know some words in Japanese like how to say “hi” they say “konichiwa” and “ear” they say “meme”. Thank you to them for a good job.’

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Tujatane’s grade 6 kids competed in a quiz against Parins, a private school in town. Parins won by only 10 points.


One Grade 4 child writes: ‘On 26th October we went to the airport. Mr Halyoonda welcomed us. We were very happy to go to the airport. Mr Halyoonda took us in a big building. In the building there was a bar and many things. Then he took us on the apron where they put aircraft. The biggest aircraft was British Airways.’ Sophie from Grade 4 says, ‘Our teacher took a picture of us. We saw some planes landing on the ground. Mr Halyoonda showed us the concourse inside the international departures.’

Welcome to Ireen Mazuba our new Grade 1 teacher and art teacher and Sydney Himwiita our new Grade 3 teacher and performing arts teacher.

Some words from Ireen: I have found teaching very interesting. It is wonderful to teach children to learn how to read and write. The availability of teaching materials makes my work easier and more meaningful. I have 21 pupils in my class, which is very manageable as I can attend to each child. I also run the art club which the children love, as they are able to explore and be creative and they have produced some lovely work.

Some words from Sydney: Teaching at Tujatane is really exciting and overwhelming. I am enjoying the pupils and their desire to discover and learn new things. I intend to improve the performing art activities. The desire of the pupils to learn songs, poems and dances has really encouraged me to help the children discover their talents and through performances to allow each child to be creative.


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Alice Storm came to visit us from America. She plans to write a book on Tujatane and Horace the Hippo. Ten children were chosen (having won a writing and painting competition) to accompany Alice to Sindabezi to see Horace’s favourite sleeping spots. For most of the children it was the first time in a boat so there was great excitement. They were given drinks and biscuits and then performed a few songs to thank Alice. She arrived at Tujatane with yellow t-shirts printed with Tujatane on for the whole school including the teachers, plus hair clips for all the girls and caps for the boys. It was an early Christmas for the kids.

New chess sets, some more drums, a set of 20 mbira's (finger pianos) and a new cultural dance outfit have been bought thanks to a donation made by a supporter, Mr Tweedie. Thanks to his birthday!

The Little Family in the USA has donated money to cover the completion of our kitchen block and also the construction of a science lab, which will take place next year. What a fantastic contribution. Many thanks from us all.


Dance for Life in Chicago have donated money for HIV education.

Bond Lichaha has been organising it and writes: HIV/AIDS is a pandemic that has claimed lots of lives the world over. Zambia has not been spared from the problem. Many Zambian people have lost loved ones to AIDS. Children have been robbed of their parents, and are either being take care of by relatives or by orphanages. Companies have lost productive manpower to the scourge. It is indeed a known fact that mankind has failed to conquer this enemy.

Last term Tujatane school started inviting people from NZP to teach staff and parents about HIV/AIDS awareness. NZP stands for Network of Zambian People Living with HIV/AIDS. Susan Kekelwa, the Southern Province coordinator, has been facilitating the workshops. She has done a few sessions with the school staff. These sessions talked about the facts surrounding the pandemic that has claimed lots of lives, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. They talk about avoiding getting infected; going for voluntary testing; and living positively if one is infected – amongst other issues. We decided to embrace the local community in our workshops and invite everyone in the area to attend so thy have a chance to hear these life saving messages. It is amazing how little people know about this pandemic in rural Zambia. I personally feel that there should be a lot of sensitisation especially in the rural areas. As a school, we hope to have these workshops at least once a week to educate as many people as possible and give people a chance to ask questions and to attend counselling sessions. Thanks very much to Dance for Life for giving us the chance to hold these workshops.


Matthew writes, ‘It was on Thursday 26th October when we went to the museum. It was nice. We went to the room where David Livingstone’s guns were found. We were told where David Livingstone was born in Scotland in a place called Blantrye and he was born in 1813. David Livingstone had two friends called Susi and Chuma. David Livingstone came here to Africa three times. The second trip was to see the Zambezi, the third trip to know more about the Nile River and the first trip was as a missionary and also he was a medical doctor.’ Antony says, ‘I felt very happy when we went to the Livingstone Museum.’ Piety writes, ‘We learnt a lot. We learnt about David Livingstone, the Natural environment and about the stone age. No one was not very happy, we were all happy. We were asked questions after finishing. We answered them all.’ Kimberly says, ‘I saw a village with some people. A woman was cooking nsima. In another room I saw a motor cycle which Dr Kaunda used.’


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My name is Yvonne Sichuundu and I am in grade 4. Elephants came to school. They were big and strong. 1 of the elephant stepped on the tap. Jackline from Grade 6 writes, ‘I was very sad to see the elephants at school. The tap fell down, the toilets roof broke. They destroyed nature in our school. The trees were down. Some of the children were not coming to school because of the elephant.’


Boxes of tropicals (flip-flops) and t-shirts arrived from a couple in the UK. Enough for all the kids and the right sizes too! Another Christmas gift for the kids. Many thanks.

Michael Siandubu from Grade 6 writes: ‘I felt very happy when we were given some t-shirts and the girls were happy when they were given some tropicals too. We thank you to the one who sent them to us.’

Mosi nets were distributed to all parents thanks to Fair trade UK just as the rains are about to arrive



US SUPPORTERS can send their contributions through Cogitare Foundation, in New York. www.cogitarefoundation.org.  They are a tax exempt foundation which allows your total contribution to be sent through to Tujatane, avoiding any charges.

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