Book club fosters kids’ growth

Volunteer Edwina Tabalailai goes through a book discussion with the children. Picture: MATILDA SIMMONS

A BOOK club for children is growing steadily as founder Mariana Waqa continues diligently with her work among children at Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa.
Ms Waqa came up with the idea in the hopes of empowering children and build their self-confidence through books. The kids were encouraged to listen and actively participate through comprehension questions as well as take part in the readings.
The club, which began its work last month, has seen a healthy growth in discussions among the children as noted by Ms Waqa.
“It was reported back that during this small group session, one child who dreams of being a pilot explained that he attends Vunilagi because, “like aeroplanes, books can also take you around the world. How profound is that?,” she said.
“The children were then regrouped and each child were asked to stand up and say one thing they learned from the stories they heard and we were so encouraged by their answers and growing confidence with speaking in front of others
“The transformation that is taking place with the children is such a priviledge for us to witness as volunteers. Their growth in confidence and capacity to engage is evidence that children from these communities are extemely capable and just need the time, effort and attention of supportive adults to excel,” she said.
The Vunilagi clubs meets every fortnight with the next session scheduled for April 21.

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