Agape Village Foundation’s hometown newspaper recently published a story about Sarah Prezioso and her October trip to Agape Village to train our five new teachers.
Here is the story, published the first week of December, 2018:
Nash Community College Director of Early Childhood Education Sarah Prezioso recently visited Zambia, Africa, to share her expertise with five African teachers who will be working at a new school with ties to Rocky Mount.
The new school is a part of Agape Village Foundation, founded by Mickey and Jackie Bailey of Rocky Mount. Agape Village Foundation is a Christian non-profit organization that supports the 138-acre village, which consists of an orphanage for 65 children, a working farm and a soon-to-open new school. Children in grades K-7 will attend the new Agape Village School when it opens in January.
Agape Village Foundation recently brought the five new teachers together for a week-long training session with Prezioso. Jackie Bailey said that while the school is definitely a Zambian school, there are some ways it will be different from other village schools. “The philosophy about education is a little different in Zambia, than it is here in America,” Bailey said. “We wanted to make sure we are using the higher American education standards and we wanted to teach the teachers, from the very beginning, the very best way to teach the children and build strong respectful relationships between the teachers and the students.”
The Baileys and Agape Village Foundation believe that by operating their own school in Agape Village they’ll be able to offer a better education to the children – and better prepare them to be self-sustaining adults and leaders in their community.
Prezioso instructed the new teachers on techniques to use with the curriculum the school will be using, as well as instruction on how to best utilize the new technology in the new school’s classrooms.
The new school is equipped with computers and classroom SMART board projectors. Most of the teachers in Zambia have limited use of computer technology and only get to use them while university students.
“I didn’t anticipate how much the teachers would teach me about the Zambian culture and the education system there. I was impressed by how much they knew about education and how passionate they were about teaching,” said Prezioso, as she reflected on her time there. “Zambia is a very special place full of wonderful people,” she added.
Getting to know the teachers, watching them interact with each other and with the children was the best part of the trip for Prezioso. “They all have such a passion and commitment to Agape Village,” Prezioso said.
The Agape Village Foundation is a Christian nonprofit organization with a mission to provide loving care in a Christ-centered environment for orphaned children in Zambia, enabling them to thrive and to eventually become self-supporting adults.
“In early childhood education, we describe teaching as an art and a science. Students learn this concept in the very first course. As an early childhood faculty member at Nash Community College, I demonstrate this concept for students in a practical way,” Prezioso said. “The science of teaching is the easy part, using research-based strategies to ensure student retention and success. The art of teaching is the challenge, creatively using the strategies to create a positive learning environment for students.”
Published in the Rocky Mount Telegram, December 3, 2018
We are so grateful that God brought Sarah to us to prepare our teachers for their upcoming roles as educators for the youngest children at Agape Village. Our school is set to open on January 7 and Mickey and Jackie Bailey and Jane and Gerald Batts are excited to be able to travel to Zambia for the GRAND OPENING!
God continues to take care of us and meet all of the needs at Agape Village! The miracles continue!
Merry Christmas to you and yours and we pray for Joy to the World, from your corner to the furthest corners.