From January 2013 onwards our run2gether Orphans’ Nursery School offers education and 2 warm meals a day to 30 children, who are taken very good care of by Lilian, the school’s headmaster. However the need of a school education is significantly higher, but unfortunately many parents can’t afford to send their children to Primary or Secondary School. We are very sorry, that almost on a daily basis, shortly after school has started, a child is sent home because their parents couldn’t afford the tuition. We want to provide a remedy for this problem. So, in close cooperation with the headmaster of the Kiambogo Primary School, in January 2014 we were able to put a system in place, that will help reduce the number of children sent home or even stop sending them home altogether. In order to fill the “funding pot”, we are looking for sponsors for this project. The headmaster of the Primary School and the local run2gether team in charge will ensure the earmarked application of the funds.
In a second step we want to realise adult education in Kiambogo. In cooperation with the local authorities we will choose specific areas of studies that could be of particular importance to the local population. Alongside of English classes we want to specifically focus on practical education in the areas of agriculture and energy. Another focal point are special advancement programmes for women.
With this project we hope to support the local population in their quest for a better future.
Thanks to several charity events in 2013, such as Robert Kratky’s charity run, the school initiative and the running competition of schools in Wr. Neustadt, we were able to start our project in January 2014. In a first step we were able to pay the tuition fees of 79 primary school children and thus ensure they had a “carefree” start into the school year. (Otherwise these children wouldn’t have been able to go to school.)
Since the school strikingly lacks teaching staff – there are merely 13 teachers for around 1000 children – 4 more teachers were employed, who are paid by run2gether. That is how on one hand the teaching quality at the school has significantly improved and on the other hand the tuition fees could be reduced for all children.
In future the teachers, employed by us at the Primary School, will be able to report here about their classes and the progress of their pupils. We are looking forward to interesting and 100% authentic reports about school life in Kenya.