It is mid morning and six young girls are being taught how to speak German. The class has been going for the last two months. From the look of things, Mr. Abubakari Ndeti has really done a good job as a teacher. Every morning at 9.30 am he teaches German language for free at Ongoza Njia Community Development Centre. The centre was started with funding from the French Embassy in Nairobi. The aim of the centre is to mobilize local resources through partnership with member associations in Mathare and Huruma to social injustices.
Mr. ABubakari has been speaking fluent German for the last 10 years a skill he acquired from a German friend he met through arts and cultural programme. He has always felt guilty that he is not doing anything to help his community. Teaching German and speaking German gives him a lot of joy.
Apart from German, he can speak Kiswahili, English, Kamba and Kikuyi fluently. When we met at the centre he expressed a desire to be included in the community project as a volunteer and German teacher.
He has a desire to mobilize all kinds of resources that are not being utilized due to lack of employment in slums to improve the community way of life. He asks ‘why deny others your skills and you are not using it for development?’ The current number of student is 15 but sometimes only five attend.
The students wants to learn German so that they can be able to learn more about the German culture, technology and establish friendship with other youths from German. Vivian got motivated to learn after watch a German TV programme on how to use simple tools. She was frustrated that she could not hear what they were saying even though they were translating. The Ongoza Njia Development Centre is planning to visit the Goethe Institute in Nairobi to seek partnership as many youths have expressed a wish to learn the language.- Simon