2 March 2022

IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION IN RURAL KENYA

Born Free Kenya's Education Programmes Leader, Phoebe Odhiang, reports on the Schools for Kenya Trustees visit to partner schools.

Two photos showing a school visit in Kenya

On 1st March 2022, we were graced by the presence of our partners, Schools for Kenya (SFK), represented by two of their Trustees John and Jill Halman.

Born free has partnered with SFK for over 13 years (since 2008), contributing to the infrastructure of three schools: Olmoti Pirmary school; Lenkisem secondary in Amboseli; and Marungu Primary school in Voi, Tsavo. Lenkisem secondary school was initiated by SFK from inception to serve the surrounding primary schools as there was no other secondary school in the nearby area. It was meant to ease transition from primary to secondary school for the children in the area. 

We recently completed a solar powered borehole at Lenkisem secondary school and a fully kitted solar powered computer lab at Olmoti primary and have officially handed over the projects to the school for utilisation. (Computer Lab on Tuesday 1st March and Borehole on Monday 28th Feb) . Both projects will benefit the school and the community. 
The borehole will improve student retention at Lenkisem sec school by alleviating the water shortage that leads to high student turnover while also providing an opportunity to establish a school farm to supplement the food school’s food need thus saving money.  

The computer lab will not only improve the students and teachers ICT skills but also save previously outsourced printing, internet and data entry services. The school will also earn money from offering printing, photocopying and other computer services to the community that previously had to travel over 10km to access this service. 

We are very grateful to Schools for Kenya for helping the students attain basic education and improving the welfare and livelihoods of students and community members. 

"Thank you Schools for Kenya for helping the students attain basic education and improving the welfare and livelihoods of students and community members."

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