Kibera Mpira Mtaani had a busy start to the year thanks to the success of their education program.
In November 2010, a group of around forty students from Kibera joined their peers throughout the country and sat their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams marking the end of their time at primary school. Having studied after school at Kibera Mpira Mtaani’s resource centre with the support of the volunteer teachers, expectations were high for this group and they didn’t disappoint!
In the results announced at the end of December, it transpired that the top student from Kibera Mpira Mtaani scored 398 out of 500 and it has just been announced that she has secured a place at one of the top national schools, Alliance Girls. Thanks to the hard work of the KiMMta committee she has also been offered sponsorship by the Equity Bank foundation.
In fact more than thirty of Kibera Mpira Mtaani’s students have been offered sponsorship through a number of organisations and are now in secondary school. This is something that many of them could only dream of and would not have happened without the support from Kibera Mpira Mtaani and the organisations it has worked with over the past few weeks.
Below are some comments from some of the students who took advantage of KiMMta’s after school tuition program. Without exception, each one said that they would not have scored the mark they did if they had not been supported by KiMMta.
1. Valerie, Aged 13, St. Michaels Holy Unity Academy (Informal), KCPE mark 361
What did Kibera Mpira Mtaani provide to help you?
Books, and after school I came for tuition. What we were taught in school we came and revised again.
What difference did the project make to you?
At school sometimes the teacher teaches very fast and you’re ashamed to ask a question. Here you can ask a question.
What are your hopes for the future?
I’m trying to get help to get to a good secondary school so that in Form 4 I can pass. I want to be a doctor.
Any other comments about the project or your teachers here?
Teachers here teach really well and give us time to read and ask questions.
2. Molly, Aged 16, St. Michaels Holy Unity Academy (Informal), KCPE mark 314
They taught me. When I came here I was weak in learning but the day I came I started to improve.
They kept me busy teaching in class and giving me assignments. They gave us time to ask questions.
I want to go to secondary school then university and become a nurse.
I want to appreciate the teachers for the work they have done for us.
3. Felix, Aged 16, St. Michaels Holy Unity Academy (Informal), KCPE mark 363
Providing books, teachers, helping us in such areas that we don’t know.
Before I came here I couldn’t get some books. In school if you lose one book in one class you will not be given any in the following class (year). Some revision books are not found in school and they’re better than course books.
When we’re bored we can come and watch football or they can take us to the grounds and we can play football. They can even take us to camps.
Through KiMMta I’ve got sponsorship from Equity Bank and they’ll find a school for me. I want to go to university to get a law degree.
KiMMta has been helping us, teaching us about bible studies, letting us meet other children. The number of children is increasing (due to the good reputation and performance of the students) so I would urge you to get another room so there is space for all the children.
As well as tuition in academic subjects, Kibera Mpira Mtaani aims to develop children and youths in other ways. A number of older students have been trained in peer counselling through partnership with CARE Kenya and will help counsel youths at football tournaments in the future. Classes have also started in dance, music, art and film-making and this week a poetry and creative writing class was launched. None of these subjects is covered in the school syllabus which concentrates on purely academic subjects.
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