Meet Esther, a 15-year-old soon-to-be high school student thanks to Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program. She’s gearing up for the national exams she’s required to pass in order to enter high school -– and she’s feeling pretty confident; so much so that she’s certain she will do well in math, her most challenging subject.
“Math has been a tough subject for me, but after the tutoring organized by Room to Read, it is no longer a problem for me. I am very sure that I will pass the exams,” says Esther.
As one of 107 girls supported by Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program at the school she attends in the Chongwe District of Zambia, Esther receives tutoring in math and other subjects as part of our holistic approach to provide academic support and life skills training to educate, motivate and empower girls in the developing world.
Like many families in Esther’s community, formal education is considered a luxury her parents cannot afford to finance. She is the third of eight children and her parents struggle to sustain their large family on her father’s income as a bus driver. That’s why Esther appreciates every ounce of support and encouragement she gets from Room to Read; she is committed to working hard and taking full advantage of the educational resources her parents never had.
According to Esther’s mathematics teacher, the study sessions are definitely making a difference.
“Until Room to Read began to help, Esther had been an average pupil with marked weakness in science and mathematics. The tutoring has helped her very much. She is now more confident and is going to make it to grade 10,” says Esther’s teacher.
Watch out high school, Esther is on her way!