Overall, I believe that the students were elated. "The history has been made yesterday. And I'm glad to be part of it. . . . Truly it was awesome", read one graduate's thanks by text message. They certainly loved the BBS isidanga, the ceremonial accoutrements which, in this context, seem to concretize "achievement" far more than they do in the western cultural milieu that shaped my own mindset (A whole other entry might be written about that). In the words of one student, "People and I are so amazed, they are filled with wonder about the SASH AND THE CERTIFICATE . . ." (emphasis his).
The pictures below will help to tell more of the story.
|Friday of graduation weekend includes the Annual General Meeting (presided over by Committee members , from L to R, N Dwele, B Mbana, and WS Gumenke). Preceding the AGM was a day full of oral examinations over the year's topics.|
|The hall where we meet was decorated by a secondary (middle school) school which had used the hall for its own prize-giving earlier on Friday. They didn't take their decorations down, which ended up being a gift to our gathering.|
|All the graduates, the elders, and us.|
|The three elders we honored for their leadership in the school since the beginning. L to R: TM Adonis; G Nombinja; J Koti. Absent, but also honored were R Bulu and SM Mgqotho.|