Seeing to teach Livingstone, Zambia

Astridah Mwanza is a preschool teacher at the Rainbow School, Livingstone, Zambia. She teaches early childhood development skills to a class of 3 to 6 year olds.

For the last 6 years she has been struggling to see well in the distance. This has caused her difficulties in advancing her studies and Astridah also finds it hard to see the children at the back of the class and when they have outdoor play activities.

When Astridah heard that a team from Vision Aid Overseas was visiting the Rainbow school she jumped at the chance to have her eyes examined.

The team had traveled from the UK to help train Zambian Ophthalmic nurses and she was keen to benefit from their experience.

A thorough eye examination revealed that Astridah would definitely benefit from a pair of spectacles. She selected a new frame and the lenses were made up at the local Vision Centre, which had previously been set up by Vision Aid Overseas, at Livingstone General Hospital.

For the first time in 6 years Astridah found she could see clearly in the distance.

The glasses will really help me to teach, to see my students and to advance my career. They make such a wonderful difference.

Astridah returned to her classroom, having collected her new glasses, and was keen to get straight back to teaching.

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