Today I had quite an early start, for a Saturday. Got ready and hop! I took the bus and two hours later, reached my destination. You guessed right: ELI Africa Education Centre. As soon as I entered, enthusiastic and lively voices were heard. Some metres further were a group of children singing incessantly and enjoying themselves- and the party was not yet started! Other students were filling in the rooms of ELI, all with happy faces. Soon, the real celebration began: ‘Glooory to thee….’ I think there’s no need to tell it was on the occasion of the Independence Day. Afterwards, a group came on stage and sang their beautiful song. Some others followed later on and, spontaneously started singing sega, bruno mars and even bhojpuri! The kiosk was quickly filled with laughter, clapping of hands and appreciation of the melodies.
The day after tomorrow will be the 12th of March. This particular day, many many many years back, brought about many changes in the lives of we, Mauritians. Mainly, our nation’s freedom. Likewise, at ELI Africa, we aim to give our students the freedom they deserve:
Freedom, to have a platform to express themselves.
Freedom, to show their talents, as today.
Freedom, to discover what they are really capable of.
This freedom is supported at our centre, and should be preserved. I believe, and hope, it will help in their personal growth and for them to become independently unique…
So, owing to all of this : Hip Hip Hip Hurray, ELI Africa! 🙂