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African Community Learning Program Students Talk about their Names

African Community Learning Program looks back at the work under its October 2018 theme "My Name."

By Dieynaba, 9th grader

My name is Dieynaba. I have my grandmother’s name. My name is important because it is a big name in my family. My grandmother died in November 2003. I was born on November 2003. That’s why my dad chose the name Dieynaba for me, because he was his mother’s friend. I love my name because it is my grandmother’s name.

Dieynaba proudly holds up her name for African Community Learning Program's "My Name" group project.

By Aisstata, 10th grader

My name is Aissata because my dad gave it to me. He gave it to me because he has a sister named Aissata. She is a friend of my dad. That is why he gave me my name Aissata. I like my name.

Aissata (left) is all smiles and snaps a photo of her name after writing it for African Community Learning Program "My Name" group project.

By Raimat, 9th grader

R: is for righteous, you know when you’re right.

A: is for accountable, someone to be counted on.

I: is for infinite, are your possibilities.

M: is for mirth, your laughter.

A: is for adaptable, for the world is full of unique challenges.

T: is for tasteful, the way you communicate.

My name is Raimat.

Raimat presenting about her name at African Community Learning Program's second annual Africa Celebration.

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