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COMMENTS FROM CHILDREN IN AFRICA
I am 9 years old. My parents died. No one wanted to play with me because my skin had open wounds. I had vomiting and diarrhea. I did not take my drugs every day because I heard big people say that I will die anyway.
Then I joined the Great Child program in my school. I felt they loved me because they said what was great about me. I never knew that.
After classes, they asked me to walk home with them.
One day I was walking to the hospital and a girl went with me. She talked to me about taking care of myself.
I started to wash my painful wounds. I took my drugs every day. Now the doctors smile and say I am doing good.
I feel happy when I get to the school gate and children are smiling and calling my name. I have many friends that are caring, and I love them too.
10 years old - did one book activity on his own:
My parent hit me often because I made many small mistakes. When I got hit, I went to school and hit other children. Then teachers hit me.
What makes me happy activity: sun, music, friends, rain. What I learned is that I have to make myself happy.
I asked my parent to correct me when I make a mistake instead of hitting me, Last week I got pinched only once. Before it was daily. I don't hit other children. Teachers don’t hit me.
One year later: In a class of 32 students, the boy was #22, now he is #7. Teachers gave him a leadership position because of his tremendous behavior improvement and his good character in correcting and helping other children. He started a Great Child Program in his school.
COMMENTS FROM CHILDREN IN THE U.S.
* My self esteem is built up stronger and I am walking out of this class changed.
* I could be myself in this class. I don't have to act like somebody else.
* This was a motivation for me. It showed me things people thought about me.
* Some days I feel like I have nothing in the world. But when I wrote down the list of what I'm thankful for, I know I have a good life.
* I got to learn about other people. I loved, loved, loved it.
* I feel happy after what the class said to me. The class told me how I truly am.
* This class was great expressing our feelings.
* The class helps build character. It helps public speaking.
* This helped me feel better about myself. I learned things about myself from others that I did not know.
* It changed my life.
Outcomes in United States:
Story A - Math Student Participant
Middle school children who were having a variety of difficulties in learning attended a class. A math tutor who had been working with one student attended the class. Immediately after, the tutor had a math session with the girl. The tutor reported that this girl had never been interested in learning math, but after the class, she was very excited about wanting to learn and actually applied herself during the math tutoring.
Story B – After School Program Participant
A fifteen year old girl attended only one class. A year later, she wrote that after taking that class she had much more confidence, and that she started speaking up in school, which she had never done before. She wrote that her teacher noticed and selected her as one of only of three students to attend a college internship program.