Education  Kenya Project #27101

Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya

by Roko 20
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Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Pupils receiving instruction in Karate
Pupils receiving instruction in Karate

We have come to the end of our academic year and would like to thank you for your support throughout the year.  This is an update on our work.  

Examination and assessment:

There is much improvement in academics at Roko 20.  Grade 3 sat for MLP (Monitoring Learner Progress) and all successfully completed the assessment. Our class 5 continued to be among the top 4 schools in Gikindu zone while Class 6 moved from 8th place to 6th in the Opener exam. We are using the assessment and examination to gauge the pupil’s performance and be able to help them improve in their weak areas.  

Extra tuition:

The current class 6 will be sitting for National Exams from 28 Nov. to 1 Dec 2022. We continue to carry out free extra tuition between 7.20am to 8.00 am and 3.20pm to 4.20pm in the evening.  Due to limited time for the syllabus coverage we have provided an extra support programme for class 7 and 8 pupils which takes place on Saturdays.  

Volunteer:

We received one visitor from America working with Open Door Kenya Mission. Phillip and his group have helped in guidance and counselling for our 12 years and above boys and girls.

We constructed a new classroom over April holiday for Grade 5 and computer lab. The children had a spacious room for computer lessons.  

A group from Nairobi visited our school to give our pupils a taste of Karate.  A fun day was had by all.

Community services

The school encourages community services for learning purposes. Pupils visit the sick, elderly or get involved in community programmes. Our Grade 3 helped in clearing bushes around Kambirwa’s water reserve basin and also collected scrap metals which they sold using the proceeds to purchase classroom rulers and rubbers.

Grade 2 visited an elderly grandmother and gave foodstuff for the family.

As always, we cannot thank you enough for your kind support of the work we do at Roko 20 Academy.  Without your generosity we would be unable to continue providing children with a full-time education and mentorship programme.

Thank you!

Asante sana! 

Class 6 Science Project
Class 6 Science Project
End of term gift in recognition of improvements
End of term gift in recognition of improvements
Grade 7 enjoying a Mentoring class
Grade 7 enjoying a Mentoring class
New computer class/classroom
New computer class/classroom
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New Class 7, library and computer room
New Class 7, library and computer room

Thank you for your continued support of Roko 20 Academy. Donors like you ensure we continue to offer a full time education to the most vulnerable of our community's children.

Right now our pupils are enjoying being back to school after a four week break and have adapted to wearing masks and being social distant.   

We are truly grateful to our donors who donated enough funds to enable us to build a new classroom for our current Grade 6 who will be moving up to Grade 7 when the new school year starts in July.  In addition we have built alongside this new classroom a classroom which will be used as our computer/library. 

In order to make way for construction of the new classes it was, sadly, necessary to demolish an original mud house.  When we purchased the school land back in 2013 this was the only structure apart from a few wooden cow sheds, a tin shed we used as a kitchen and an abundance of napier grass.  Over the years the mud house served us well and changed its functionality according to our needs.  It's been used as the Manager's office, a head teacher's office, a nursery, bedrooms, a video room, a makeshift library, a volunteer's office, and up to recently, a store-room.  The house has a low roof and would overheat in the afternoons during the dry seasons making it very uncomfortable to work and learn. 

The new brick structure is a big improvement and the classrooms are now spacious, airy and cool making it a much more comfortable learning environment.       

We are improving our school and the education our pupils receive, this is thanks to you and your support.

Kind regards

Tracey 

Original mud building
Original mud building
New Class 7, library and computer room
New Class 7, library and computer room
Lower classes on playing field
Lower classes on playing field
New painted classroom
New painted classroom

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Grade 4
Grade 4

A Happy New Year to all of our wonderful donors, supporters and volunteers. Despite all the challenges associated with this pandemic you have not let us down. Your continued support helps us to achieve our mission of providing a free and quality education to the most disadvantaged children in our community.

The Global Day of Giving appeal on 1 December 2020 resulted in a terrific response from you raising a total of £1,979 ($2,690). This included an amount of £485 ($660) in matching funds from GlobalGiving’s matching incentive.

We used the money from this campaign to purchase desks and chairs so as to comply with the Ministry of Education’s regulations on social distancing in class.   Further we were able to buy much needed classroom storage cupboards, text-books and uniforms. We were delighted to say that we will soon install Wifi to bring us right into the 21st Century! 

Your generosity helped us to ensure the safe return of pupils and staff to school on 4th January after an absence of almost 10 months.

Pupils are slowly adjusting to the new system of wearing masks, having their temperature taken and using the sanitation provided. Rest assured we are doing all we can to keep everyone safe.

Thank you.

Smart Uniforms
Smart Uniforms
New desks
New desks
New uniforms
New uniforms
more desks
more desks

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Digging a trench inside the school compound
Digging a trench inside the school compound

We hope you are all keeping well and safe during these ongoing challenging times.

There are plans for the reopening of schools in Kenya in January; however, the Government have placed new rules to ensure social distancing and keeping children safe. This gives us a choice of either extending the classrooms (with obvious cost implications) or reducing class sizes. Although we could reduce the number of children we educate, we don't want to do that because the school specifically targets children who otherwise could not afford to go to school. Reducing numbers would therefore mean that in all likelihood the children would stop their schooling. Therefore we have made the decision, in the short term, to meet the cost from our reserves we hold and from the money raised from the most recent GlobalGiving Campaign.

This unfortunately also means putting on hold our planned teacher training programme. Instead we plan to deliver an internal Continuous Development Progamme in a low cost way. This training programme, supported by one of our Board Members and facilitated by our appointed teacher in charge of discipline, will address reducing violence in school with an 11 unit programme involving teacher centred discussions. At the end of the programme there will be an assessment which teachers will have to pass to receive a Completion Certificate. If this is successful we will follow the same method to develop learner centred teaching.

In other news the Government is installing large pipes for irrigation water in our community. The pipes will be passing through the school compound as per the attached photo. The white paint on the ground is where they are digging two foot deep.

This work has already started and trenches are being dug in preparation for the laying of these pipes. Unfortunately workmen have damaged the existing pipes and so currently we do not have any access to water at school. This means we are unable to continue growing vegetables on the school land and as construction workers are moving at such a slow pace we cannot guarantee when we will be receiving water again.

It's a big inconvenience but we hope this water project will allow access to a constant supply of water for many more members of our community.

It just leaves us to say that we appreciate how fortunate we are to receive such continued generosity and support from you, without which we could not progress in our mission.

Thank you!

Digging at the school entrance
Digging at the school entrance

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A pupil wearing our homemade mask
A pupil wearing our homemade mask

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting everyday life, we thank you for your continued support and wish you and your family good health.

As we adapt to these unprecedented circumstances, we’ll continue to serve our community as best we can. Food, soap and mask distribution is ongoing to those families and elderly ladies in need. In addition Peter is busy planting vegetables such as sweet potatoes and kale on the school land which we will give to those who are struggling to feed their families and also sell to raise income.  

It seems such a long time ago now since we were at school enjoying the successes and overcoming the small challenges which are normal in the day to day running of a primary school. Pleasure was found in seeing the pupils’ smiling faces as they start the day, always happy to be at school and eager to learn.

We are really pleased to share with you the success of our Learning Support Programme introduced in January. It is a sad fact that many of our sponsored pupils have missed out on full time education mainly due to being excluded from school for non-payment of fees. When they join us it is evident that they have fallen behind and unless we intervene they will have little chance of catching up.

Our programme was initiated by two volunteers from Catalonia and Germany. Teresa, a qualified teacher from Catalonia and Tatjana a student from Germany stocked up two rooms with graded reading books and learning resources with the aim of improving literacy and comprehension. Working in cooperation with our teachers they began one-on-one reading practice and play activities such as puzzles and memory games with those pupils who were struggling.

This vital ‘catch up’ programme has proved to be successful within such a short space of time with reports from parents and teachers of noticeable improvements in reading.

We are committed to continuing this programme when the school reopens.

Here is a short report from Teresa of her time volunteering at Roko 20.

A certain day in October 2019, I started looking for a place to volunteer for two months, between January and March 2020. My personal and professional situation allowed me to take a break during this time.

When by chance I came across Roko 20 School in Kenya, I couldn’t imagine what was waiting me.

So, I began to prepare my volunteering personal project and I called Tracy Neale-Ferreira, Roko 20’s Director. Far away, from somewhere in Wales, she explained to me everything about the school, about her project there and about the children’s needs. As she was speaking and giving me details, I could perceive that she was a confident and brave person. Her clear ideas about how education should be at Roko 20 grabbed my attention and I knew that I had finally found my place. I wasn’t wrong.

Tracey Neale together with Job Thuo Macharia (Roko 20’s Manager) run the school with excellence. They have created a school with a difference. I’ve spent eight weeks at Roko 20 and my experience there is unforgettable and highly enriching.

Thanks to Tatjana Winter’s ideas, support and help, we started the Learning Support Program based on teaching reading skills to the children who are a bit behind. I had an amazing feeling when the reading support began to give good results and the children were able to read. Tatjana (the other volunteer), who was my flat mate, my friend and my second daughter during those eight weeks, had the same feeling and we both believe that the Learning Support works.

Moreover, I’d like to point out that the best thing I came across in Kenya was its people; I fell in love with the country, with the children and their humanity and innocence. Kenya and its culture, landscape, language, wilderness, colors, music….. is an amazing country and Roko 20 is the best place to volunteer.

Finally, I can affirm that the Roko 20 community has made a very deep change inside me. So, let me quote Lenin:

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”

I have no doubt; my eight weeks in Roko 20 are as valuable as eight decades.

Thank you.

M.Teresa Gassió i Ribé

Catalonia, May 2020

I would just like to end this update by saying that all of us at Roko 20 thank you for your continued generosity and support without which we would not be able to carry out the work that we do.  

We hope that you keep safe and well in these exceptional circumstances.

Parents preparing the land for vegetables
Parents preparing the land for vegetables
Preparing the school land
Preparing the school land
Teresa and a Grade 1 pupil
Teresa and a Grade 1 pupil
Tatjana and a Grade 2 pupil
Tatjana and a Grade 2 pupil
Learning Support class
Learning Support class

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Roko 20

Location: Milford Haven - United Kingdom
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Tracey Neale-Ferreira
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