Max and Elly have been attending The Tanganyika School for seven weeks now and they are loving it. They are showing progress in counting, the alphabet and colors. And lately I’ve overheard Max singing the Tanzanian national anthem to himself and they both have an entire new repertoire of songs to sing in the bathtub.
And now we are also in full swing of a school uniform dress code that is both fabulous and evil at the same time. While I love the simplicity of having a set number of clothing items that are to be worn to school, I do dislike that each day’s combination has been prescribed to us by the school. But for better or worse, here’s 5 Photo Friday featuring Max and Elly modeling their school uniforms.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are the most formal days, with Elly wearing a white shirt and blue jumper. This is actually her favorite of all the uniform outfits.
Max looks quite dapper in his white shirt and navy blue trousers. You can’t see much of it in this photo but he wears a Maasai beaded belt to add his own personal touch to the ensemble.
(The Spiderman shoes and Elly’s Dora the Explorer shoes are also our own personal touches. They are supposed to wear plain black shoes but after spending 400,000 Tanzanian shillings on their uniforms–about $225 US–I decided to ignore that part of the dress code and just let them wear the shoes they already had.)
Tuesday is royal blue polo and navy shorts day. Contrary to Max’s pouty face, he really likes wearing this outfit. (The pouty face was in rebellion against having yet one more photo of him taken by me.)
And Friday is light blue polo and navy shorts day. Elly absolutely hates her shorts because the girls’ style is really baggy while the boys’ style are nicely tailored. But at least we’ll go a couple of years before she outgrows them and we’ll need to buy replacements.
So there you have it–like our very own Fashion Week here at the Kimaro household.
And while we’re on the subject of school, will you join us in supporting ELIMAA School, the school that we support personally and through our safari company? ELIMAA operates on a modest budget of $250 a month and provides a safe place for kids to learn and a hot cup of porridge each day to keep stomachs full and minds alert. Learn more here or click below to make a donation. Thanks!