We respond to dire construction needs at local primary schools, constructing stone classrooms, toilet blocks, and other educational facilities to provide safe and supportive learning environments for pupils.
Pupils currently learn in cramped classes of 80+ children. Because they are so overcrowded, children get very little one-to-one attention, and some children end up leaving primary school without even being able to read. Many children also learn in derelict mud classrooms, which are cramped, dangerous and flood when it rains. Meanwhile, lack of safe and hygienic toilets leaves schools in danger of closing, and discourages children, particularly girls, from continuing their education.
Children can be put into smaller classes of 30-40 pupils, rather than 80+. They get more individual help, desk space and resources per child, meaning the whole school's academic performance improves! Stone classrooms are safe, and learning isn't disrupted in bad weather conditions. We've built 7 classrooms so far, which has moved over 300 children out of unsafe mud classrooms, allowed the school to admit 400 new pupils, and helped our eldest classes achieve the best end-of-primary results in the district!
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We provide financial support to the special needs unit at Nakuru Worker's Primary School, including renovating a building, constructing specialist toilets, and providing equipment so the unit could get off the ground. The unit provides high quality special education to 30 students with physical and mental disabilities.
In Kenya, children with special needs are rarely provided with the support they need to thrive and learn: special education centres are few and far between, and children with special educational needs are often misunderstood, isolated, and kept out of school. Those who do attend lessons are placed in classes of 70+ children, where they do not receive the attention they need to thrive. We believe every child deserves a good quality education, regardless of their educational needs.
Since our special needs unit started in January 2015, our 30 children have excelled in ways even their families couldn't imagine! Children who have never written before can now write the alphabet, are learning to socialise with other children, and have dramatically increased confidence. They are also changing local attitudes towards disability - in seeing the childrens' progress, other teachers and parents are seeing that children with special needs can learn if given the right support!