Morogoro: Meet Anne Mabina. She’s a primary pupil in Morogoro, Tanzania. Anne is just 12 years old, but she understands well about true love.
At school she knows exactly that her class teacher loves her truly, “I love my class teacher’s smile,” says Anne, “Betrice’s my best teacher. I will do my best to understand well her subjects so that I don’t disappoint her.”
“Life for most people’s full of endless businesses, especially for those families which live in busy towns,” says teacher Betrice Maro, “Few years ago, Anne’s family lived tranquilly. Her parents had descent jobs, a family business and they could provide for their children”
“But life changed abruptly in that family after her parents got into a car accident that killed the couple immediately. Anne was 8 years old when it all happened. She’s living with her uncle at the moment,” Betrice.
“Her life is a ‘survival of the fittest’ now. The main fight has been to provide her with essential needs. My smile has made a difference, though,” Betrice ends there through tears.
African Child Day has been celebrated again this year, on June 16, when many children in Africa continue to suffer in many ways. Some lack enough to eat, others are badly treated by those who were meant to show them the right way.
Road accidents also have caused many children like Anne to be orphans. Children say the government should do enough to end this tragedy. “I feel so happy when people give me a genuine smile like that of my class teacher’s,” says Anne.
By Josephat Mwanzi (African Child Day Special Series)