Education! The key to success in life. The dream begins with the teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes to lead you to the next plateau. But for many rural Kenyan children who are fortunate enough to attend school, poor classroom environments threaten the foundation for learning at a basic level.
Teachers and students face overcrowding. Many schools have classrooms with over 100 students per session with leaking roofs or poor ventilation.
Wildlife Works, through the funds of our REDD+ Project, is trying to change this for as many schools as we can in our project area. Since we founded in 1997, we have been building, renovating classrooms, and making materials for the most needy schools in our protection area.
Most recently, Wildlife Works came to the aid of Wangalla pre-school in Miasenyi village. The children, who used rocks as tables and chairs, endured one rainy season by standing in the one corner of the room that was not drenched from the leaking roof. Wildlife Works’ workshop team focused their efforts on refurbishing the classroom and building 20 desks.
The photos of the smiling children at the handover say it all! Wangalla Pre School kids posing for a photo on there new desks:
We are proud of all the schools we have been able to retrofit in the last 15 years. The following table shows the location, school and projects completed by Wildlife Works in the most recent 2 years, which represent the improved learning experience of over 8500 children.
|2013||Mwachabo||Mngama Primary School||600-800||1 classroom construction.|
|2013||Mwachabo||Shighadi ya Mwemba Primary School||600-800||1 classroom construction, office and toilets.|
|2013||Sagalla||Mwambiti Primary School||600-800||1 classroom construction|
|2013||Sagalla||Kajire Secondary School||300-600||1 classroom construction|
|2013||Sagalla||Kileva Primary School||600-800||1 classroom construction|
|2013||Sagalla||Mchang’a Primary School||600-800||1 classroom construction|
|2013||Mwatate||Mwatate Secondary School||300-600||1 classroom construction, 50 lockers and 50 chairs.|
|2013||Mwatate||Mzwanenyi Primary School||600-800||4 classrooms renovation|
|2014||Mwatate||Mwatunge Primary School||600-800||100 desks|
|2014||Mwatate||Kipusi Primary School||600-800||16 desks|
|2012||Kasigau||Moi High School||300-600||50 lockers, 50 Chairs and 50 beds|
|2014||Marungu||Wangalla Pre School||30||1 classroom construction, 1 table, 1 chair and 20 desks.|
|2014||Marungu||Marasi Primary School||600-800||5 classrooms renovation.|
|2014||Marungu||Miasenyi Primary School||600-800||4 classrooms renovation|
|2014||Marungu||Marungu Secondary School||300-600||1 classroom construction|
During the handing over of these projects, the parents, teachers, students, community, government and local leaders have expressed their gratitude to REDD+ Project for transforming the lives of the students. Through the effort and support from the community to protect the forest, REDD+ continues to elevate education standards in the Kasigau Corridor region.