Newsletter: October 2014

By November 6, 2014Newsletters, WTA Updates
Sinendet Primary School in Lemolo B

Sinendet Primary School in Lemolo B

I discovered an interesting thing about Kimugul Primary School recently.

This is the latest public school that WTA has completed. Located in the remote community of Lemolo A, the school was officially opened not too long ago, but classes have already been taking place here for months as their school building was under construction.

The students have been performing well. Not just well enough considering they are a brand new school. Kimugul Primary School is actually outperforming other schools in the area.

Lemolo B

Lemolo B.

It’s hard to imagine how these kids have been able to pull ahead of their peers. Before the school started, students here were unable to attend school regularly. Any school was hours of walking away. And the home environments aren’t conducive to homework either. In rural Kenya, farming isn’t just a full time job, it involves the whole family.

Sam has an idea why the school is already performing so well: the teachers.

When we first established Lemolo A and B as the sites for our next school building project, I was concerned about how difficult it would be to encourage teachers to come here. Lemolo is very remote with few amenities. Would teachers be willing to make the sacrifice?

The teaching staff at Kimgul Primary

The teaching staff at Kimgul Primary in Lemolo A

It turns out, yes they are. But Sam says you can tell there’s something different about teaching here in Lemolo A and B. It’s not just a job for these teachers. They are passionate about their work and believe that they really can make a difference.

Recently Sam posted a profile of one of the volunteer teachers working at Sinindet Primary School in Lemolo B. Remember, this school is not yet built, but classes have been taking place thanks to some dedicated volunteer teachers like David Cheres.

David was one of the first volunteer teachers at Lemolo B, and his dedication to educating the children in his community inspired others to join him teaching. Soon, word spread that this little school was functioning well and students began coming in from nearby villages. As of now, the little village school that David and some dedicated volunteers set up earlier, has 214 students in it from grades 1 – 8.

David Cheres, volunteer teacher at Lemolo B

David Cheres, volunteer teacher at Lemolo B

You can read Sam’s inspiring profile of volunteer David Cheres  here.

The government has deployed teachers to Sinendet Primary, but the volunteer teachers are still there. They teach alongside the government teachers and help some of the kids who are struggling.

This is really what is making a difference: these dedicated community members helping their children learn even though the cards are stacked against them. By building a school here, we’re empowering these people to continue making a difference. We just need to put a roof over their heads and that’s where you can help us make that happen.

Meanwhile, in Springs High School, the lead up to end of year exams is already beginning. These teachers are a dedicated bunch too, and with few resources available they’ve made incredible progress. It continues to be one of the most popular public high schools in the area.

In Shalom Primary School, years of hard work has paid off. Students continue to perform better, but now the school has grown beyond its capacity. Nevertheless, the teachers work hard in overflowing classrooms, with sometimes up to 80 in one class.

Back to school at Lemolo B. Their school is not yet built, but it will be.

Back to school at Lemolo B. Their school is not yet built, but it will be.

We are lucky. Our dedication to educating children in these communities has been reflected back to us by the community members and teachers who are driven to make these students succeed. Our work would count very little if it wasn’t for them. This has inspired us to commit ourselves even more to those children in Kenya who can’t make it to school.

 

Chad@worldteacheraid.org