Last night I couldn’t sleep because of the excitement and my mom is super excited too (she packed her favorite novel in my school bag instead of my school book). It is 7:30 a.m. and it is still a little dark outside when we make our way to the organization, where we meet with Bonface and Lea. As we arrived there, I am allowed to put on my school uniform for the first time and my mom checks again whether we have packed everything.
A short time later we are on our way to school, which is only a few hundred meters away from my home. I take a seat in front of the school office with my mom and my little brother (still a baby), while Bonface and Lea go in and prepare my registration. We also have an appointment with the school director, as only she decides which class I will go to. Since I’m seven years old but have never attended school, she wants to test me a little (as I understand it). I have to admit, I feel a little nervous about that. While we are waiting for the headmistress, the schoolchildren run past us into the school courtyard. I know some of them and I happily wave to them. John, my best friend (grade 2) sits down with me for a few minutes before the school bell rings and all the children rush into the classrooms. Lea comes out of the office. We probably still have a little time before we can go to the headmistress, so let’s take a few more pictures outside for my godmother. I smile broadly at the camera and proudly show my new school uniform.