GVI supports a school whose local teachers are unable to receive a Kenyan minimum wage because of the 'slum' conditions they live and work. Despite this, the dedication these teachers have to their students education is unwavering. They consistently work throughout the school term and Holiday periods. More often than not, the teachers and the students live in the same communities with poor living conditions and high unemployment rates (reaching 80%). Their wages, to our standards, are considered low, but the teacher's are ever grateful for a guaranteed and reliable monthly income as this is not always the case for teachers in similar schools in the area of Shauri-yako and Bombolulu.
These teachers, with their dedication and work ethic, are one of the schools greatest resources and are needed to guarantee the schools ongoing success. With Nyota becoming a registered school this year (July 2013) their students are able to sit their Kenyan Certified Primary Education Exam (KCPE) and teachers are tirelessly working towards preparing their students and supporting them with review lessons. The students have benefited from the effort by their teachers as well as the consistency of the staffing of the school. With less turnaround, students get the benefit of a teacher who knows their strengths and weaknesses and can better cater their lessons to their student's needs. With the Nyota students are benefiting from consistent local teachers, our volunteers and our relationship with the school has grown to an all time high. With less turnaround on the local side, and more long term volunteers signing up to work with our project, the teacher/volunteer relationship is getting stronger with a shared passion for teaching and for the success of the children of Nyota.
Without your donations, these teachers would have to live from pay cheque to pay cheque and not knowing when those pay cheques will be coming in. It is unfortunately far too typical in Kenya to work and not know when you will be paid for your efforts, forcing you to take loans and seek alternative means of income and employment. With these donations, a guaranteed monthly income ensures the teacher to have to worry less about their finances (as they can now plan for their rent, food, personal items and medical costs) and focus on a more positive life and the students in their classrooms. These donations are the main reason why we have been able ensure a consistent teaching staff at Nyota and a stronger brighter education for the students in our school.
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