At the core of Malaika’s educational philosophy is individualized and holistic attention to students and staff. We were delighted when Rebecca, our incredible English teacher and special projects advisor, was recently interviewed on Malaika TV, a local station.
“At school, we need to know the background of our girls so that we can teach them well being,” Rebecca says. The program was about children coming from broken families, and Rebecca explained the importance of education and support in such students’ lives.
“That is why we educate the community, because they are our partners. We work together with parents, we exchange information on different activities,” she says. “We need to pay attention to our children’s emotions, listen to them, give them space for free conversation and show them affection.
Rebecca, who is an excellent and eloquent speaker, believes that education is crucial in uplifting not only those who come from difficult situations but also the community as a whole.
“They need vocational training, entrepreneurship courses and they must learn values because these youth are the future of DRC. When they finish, they need support and follow up so that they can create cooperatives or their own activities and be independent, so they will not go back on the street again.” We were so proud of Rebecca and know her message had a far-reaching impact.
“Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
We’re so proud of our founder Noella, who was honored as a Daughter of Greatness by the Muhammad Ali Center. Daughters of Greatness are women engaged in social change, activism and pursuits of justice.
Noella has a great respect for Muhammad Ali, from whom she draws much inspiration. We’re so grateful to the Ali Center for acknowledging Noella and placing her in a class of powerhouse, change making women.