Gordon Clem Academy completed its second year! Despite a myriad of challenges Gordon Clem Academy completed its second year.
But there have been some fundamental problems in gaining sufficient funding to operate the Academy as planned.
The Government of Kenya has put a halt to opening new public schools without significant clearance. Gordon Clem Academy was in the process of registration as a public school but it was not completed prior to the halt. Therefore, the government are unable to supply teachers, books, food etc.
The people of the area cannot afford to pay school fees for the school to operate as a private school.
Therefore we are searching for the way forward. While we are doing that, we will deactivate this project and return with our new direction in the future.
They said it couldn’t be done!! BUT… Gordon Clem Academy in Aremiet, Isiolo County Kenya did it! It is now beginning the third Term of the second year. The teachers and staff have worked tirelessly and often without pay to keep the doors open! The government is yet to accept the school and send teachers, but the dedication of the community to have a school is strong.
Funds are coming in to complete the classroom that is on the bare foundation in the image. That will allow the space for the third classroom necessary for next year’s Form III class.
Haraka Haraka Haina Baraka…..(Hurry Hurry has no blessings.) Gordon Clem will have lots of blessings as there has been no hurry only steady persistence.
Gordon Clem Academy is growing slowly but surely. The government of Kenya has received the paperwork and is arriving for inspection this month. Once the Academy is part of the public school system, it wil receive teachers, books, food and some student funding. There will continue to be a need for assistance for uniforms, additional books, and school fees to cover things like water, and cooking fuel, auxiliary staff like guards and cooks but it will make it possible for many more children to attend school.
The largest capital expenditures at this time are the security fencing and two additional classrooms. The Security Fence will cost approximately $10,000 USD and each classroom is approximately $20,000 USD. This will assure space and security for the Academy from the periodic but regular tribal clashes.
The students that have received assistance have often told us how grateful they are. It is a relief to them to be able to come to school every day knowing that they will not be sent home for fees, or have to take time out from school to seek a ways to earn the funds to be allowed to return to school.
Slow but steady -- progress is coming to GCA. The Board of Governors is meeting regularly to find solutions to the financial issues. Today- Monday Febraury 8- is the first day of school for the Fresman Class. The studetns are coming and excitement is building.
The dry dusty pastoralist terrain is soon to be ringing with the voices of teens at school! It is a HUGE stepfor this community. They have struggled and will prevail!
It is you donors who paly a large role in the development of education at Gordon Clem Academy. Many of the students would not otherwise be able to attend any high school!
Gordon Clem Academy opened in February! A myriad of challenges kept us busy the entire year! Low enrollment, failure of parents to pay their school fees, tribal violence which resulted in the looting of the Academy Shop and the theft of many items in both kitchen and living quarters, the migration of the village to a place of safety, and more.
We face more challenges in 2016! But now we have a Board of Governors who, though inexperienced, are realizing the challenges before the school and will be trying their best to work on them. It is helpful to remember that this is all new to them and that true education often takes many different forms. Even the students received bits of “real life” education stepping up to cook their own food as the budget for staff was over.
As the students take their final exams this week, we are planning for next year. We have already increased the security or the buildings and the first $300.00 will reopen the Academy Shop which paid for one teacher as well as providing a necessary community service.
Many students did not attend any school. They completed Class 8 and remained idle as there is no high school within a reasonable distance. Lack of knowledge about Gordon Clem Academy kept them from inquiring. Therefore, student recruitment has already begun and tribal elders, church and community leaders will be proactive to increase enrollment and see that Gordon Clem Academy is successful in the community.
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