If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. These wise, enlightened words were said by Ignacio Estrada and are a perfect description for how Mr. Ashenafi Zewedu teaches and impacts his students.
Ashenafi might be what you would call a younger, more modern teacher but his modest experience doesn’t take away from his skill or intelligence. Quite an accomplished teacher, Ashenafi has been able to work with children who have struggled to learn and has reached students who seemed unreachable. A large part of Ashenafi’s success comes from being so diverse. He is willing to do what it takes, to help students learn and this means trying new and different approaches.
Ashenafi’s students speak highly of him and his various techniques, which include using objects and images while teaching, color coordinating notes, positive feedback, challenges and rewards, one on one teaching, humor and kindness.
The students aren’t the only ones who think highly of Ashenafi. Other teachers and parents have also recognized him for his kindness and approachability with the students, for his clear instruction, his ability to use different approaches and his open communication with parents.
Ashenafi doesn’t see himself as a superior teacher, although many may consider him to be. He is just a father and husband, doing his best to help his students grow up to be creative, effective, disciplined and successful. He wants to help make his country a better place and to play a role in helping it develop.
All of Ashenafi’s efforts and labors to help his students and help his school are pure in motive, as evidenced by his financial struggle. Ashenafi could take a higher paying teaching position at one of the private schools in Debre Zeyit. This would give him more income to provide for his wife, two children, parents and siblings that all live with him. The downside is that Ashenafi would no longer be able to impact the younger generation of poor, impoverished children in need of direction and guidance.
We appreciate Ashenafi and his selfless heart for the children of Debre Zeyit. He is a huge asset to the BCI Academy and we want to reward him for his faithfulness with a small stipend of $45/mo. This stipend will be a huge blessing to him and his family and show him how much he is appreciated!
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