I really liked last weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s edÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s note and am glad that you chose to write on the noble profession of teaching.
I give credit to my mother, Mrs Mukula, who is also a teacher. She taught me how to read and write when I was in Standards 1-3 at Chitawira Primary School. I also cherish the late Mrs Katendema who taught me home economics at Mulanje Secondary School.
Your edÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s note reminded me of the teachers that contributed to making me the person I am today. It is amazing how teachers have so much influence over their students and how the little things they did stick with us for the rest of our lives. The teacher that first came to mind was Sister Mary Sodder from Canada who taught me English at Providence Secondary School in Mulanje. For some reason, she loved me very much and because of this love, my love for English grew. I soon became a star performer. She persuaded the headteacher to let me speak on behalf of the graduating class of 1974 though I was not a head girl and helped me sew my graduation dress! She always wanted me to reach the highest point I could in my life and had so much faith in me; my own self-confidence grew. Because of her, I worked hard to get my degree and a masterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s degree while working as a secretary and being there for my family. Mr Namponya (late) of Chitawira Primary school built me up because he believed in me so much. I still remember the unique way in which he taught his classes! When I was doing an Esami development programme for executive assistants in Swaziland, our lecturer Mr. Matte had a profound impact on my life. At the end of the course, he asked us to write an action plan on what we intended to achieve in the next five years. Everything I wrote in that action plan has come to pass!
I am humbled to learn that my simple edÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s note moved you to remember your experiences and share them with Every Woman. Thank you so much ladies!