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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
Our Manager, Job
Our Manager, Job

We are pleased to report that we started 2020 with all of the teachers who ended the year in 2019.  Maintaining the team is as a direct result of the hard work of our Manager, Job, who has single handedly improved communication and brought harmony. 

Teamwork is of course an essential tool to achieve success for any organization and thanks to Job’s management skills he has built upon morale and improved productivity.

Job is a man of many talents but of importance here is his sensitivity and understanding of people.  When he notices a problem with a staff member he is quick to encourage a discussion giving time to allow any grievances to be aired.  In this way he has worked successfully towards resolving issues before it becomes too big. 

Workshops and Team building lunches were an important introduction to increase cooperation between staff members.   Our workshops involved all staff and allowed for participation in the decision-making process giving each employee the opportunity to voice their opinions and share their knowledge with others thereby improving the relationship between staff and Management. 

The community has more confidence in us because of stability with staff and this year we have noted a significant increase in the number of pupils enrolled.

To sum up our Manager gets the thumbs up for improving the quality of education at Roko 20 Academy with a team of self-motivated teachers and staff.

The Roko team is proud of where they work, feel supported and want to see the school go from strength to strength.  Our school is a much happier place for our staff to be and this is down to Job’s commitment and dedication to the success of Roko 20 Academy.

Thank you as ever for your continued support.

Roko 20 Staff
Roko 20 Staff
Scouts at Assembly
Scouts at Assembly
Breaktime fun
Breaktime fun
Pupils and Teachers First Day of Term
Pupils and Teachers First Day of Term

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A long walk home for some pupils
A long walk home for some pupils

You recently received our September 2019 Newsletter giving an update of the highlights and main points of interest for 2019.  Apologies if this GlobalGiving update seems to be somewhat of an ‘overload’ but the GG platform requires that we update supporters every three months on projects that we are working on.

So, we are coming to the end of the school year for 2019 and next week will see the close of Term 3.   We will finish the year with 102 pupils of which we are pleased to be sponsoring 72.  

Most of our children live in the surrounding small villages with a few from Murang’a town, but we have broadened our catchment area and now pick up children from as far away as 11kms from the school, an area where the choice of schools is limited.    There is still a 4km walk for these children to get to the pick-up and drop off point but they have no complaints and are happy to complete the journey on foot.

We still have 16 children on our list to be sponsored so if you are interested in sponsorship or know anyone who would be happy to do so then please let us know.  

This year has seen many improvements both in terms of academics, staff development and expansion of the school.  Not least improving the comfort of children and reducing the environmental footprint of the school.

The first, and perhaps the most important, initiative was to double the class ceiling to reinforce the thermal insulation. This is important because the roofs are made of corrugated sheet metal, which warms up very quickly in the afternoon under the effect of the African sun, and which then radiates heat on the heads of students (and teachers), making their concentration difficult.

The simple solution was to nail plywood planks just under the roof; the result was immediate, with a reduction of several degrees of heat in the classes that were equipped. Teachers and pupils are pleased with the results and productivity has increased.

Another major improvement was to the way meals are prepared in the school kitchen. The fuel used for cooking is, as is very often the case in Kenya, wood, the intensive use of which for food cooking is a major contributor to deforestation.Thanks to the financial support of American missionaries, the school was able to acquire efficient stoves. The result: a wood consumption divided by two, and a reduced environmental footprint.

We continue with our mission to help the elderly grandmothers and our Elderly Ladies Group received two lots of donations of maize and beans this year.  A week before each of the two rainy seasons we call the ladies to the school for a small lunch so they can socialize and catch up on all the news and to donate a bag each of maize and beans for planting.  We are currently in the midst of the long rains and it promises to be a good harvest as rainfall is consistently heavy throughout. 

These are exciting times in Kenya as the Ministry of Education has made radical changes to its Curriculum, which has not changed since 1985.  The new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) is good news for pupils as it concentrates more on a child centred approach to teaching. Roko 20 has made a good start on the new CBC and teachers are working hard to adapt to the new system.  We are pleased to report that after completing our own research we found that we are much more active with the new CBC than other schools in the local area. Next year places emphasis on improving teaching methods with in-house teacher training to fully deliver the new CBC.    

These improvements, simply put, would not be possible if it wasn’t for faithful donors like you.  So a big thank you for supplying the funds that we need to make a difference in the lives of our pupils who would not benefit from such a good full time education in a safe and supporting environment. 

Donations of Maize and Beans for the Elderly
Donations of Maize and Beans for the Elderly
Daniel from Pre-Primary 2 handing out bags of seed
Daniel from Pre-Primary 2 handing out bags of seed
Padora with her new CBC Assessment Book
Padora with her new CBC Assessment Book
G3 pupils to the market for a clean up - New CBC
G3 pupils to the market for a clean up - New CBC
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County Level players Esther and Caroline
County Level players Esther and Caroline

Here follows an update from Roko 20 Academy as we approach the end of Term 2.

As the year progresses, we are pleased to report that the performance of our pupils has improved dramatically.

During the County games, two of our Class 5 girls qualified and played handball for the winning team.

Exam results were recorded and compared with other primary schools in the district. One of our Class 3 boys came 1st in his year out of all the 10 competing schools within the district. In addition, mid-term exam results put our Class 4 pupils in third position.

Our Debating Club has done extraordinarily well and, whilst it started with debating at our neighouring school, word has got around and now other local primary schools have shown an interest in debating with us. We have some bright and confident pupils from Class 4 and 5 who put up a good case expressing themselves in English.

There have been major improvements not only in academics and behavior but also in cleanliness. It’s no mean feat for children to keep clean whilst playing in the playground at breaktimes. It is literally a dustbowl during dry season. Handwashing is encouraged and a ‘white’ towel and soap is provided at the water tanks. A Soap Monitor is on duty to ensure the soap bottle remains topped up. Hands are washed before entering class in order to keep their books clean.

Recently cut off from the town’s water supply for almost two weeks we thanked our lucky stars to have remained with a constant water supply due to the large water storage tank kindly donated by Narberth and Whitland Rotary Club.

All this progress would not be possible without the commitment from our team of teachers and staff who are working together as a team to get the best out of our pupils.

After a rigorous academic first half to the year, our pupils and staff got to spend some well-deserved time enjoying an educational trip. Upper classes visited the Mwea Irrigation Scheme and Sagana Tanneries, followed by some adventure playground fun and a dip in the swimming pool. The younger two pre-school classes and Class 1 and 2 had an interesting nature walk near Thika where they met with porcupines, crocodiles and ostrich to name just a few. Following this they had the most exciting time on the rides at an adventure playground finishing off with a very cold dip in the small paddling pool.

As you can see the school is going from strength to strength. We couldn’t be more grateful for your support.

Thank you.

Tr Shem & Tr Carol with qualifiers to County Games
Tr Shem & Tr Carol with qualifiers to County Games
Fun at the fair
Fun at the fair
Class 2 at the Waterfalls
Class 2 at the Waterfalls
Upper classes excited to be going on the trip
Upper classes excited to be going on the trip
Class 5 at Mwea Irrigation Scheme
Class 5 at Mwea Irrigation Scheme

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Beatrice
Beatrice

We are happy to update you with news from the first term of 2019.  

Athletics

This year we were fortunate enough to be able to participate in the zonal athletics competitions competing against nine other local schools.  

Two of our pupils, John Kamondia and Beatrice qualified to the next level in the 5000 metre race.  

Beatrice, who is 11 years old, amazed everyone by winning her race and beating the runner-up with a gap of 200 metres on the finishing line.  Unfortunately, whilst competing in the sub-county level races she became sick in the last lap and went on to finish in 6th place.  Despite the set-back Beatrice will still qualify to the next level. 

We recognise that Beatrice has focus, perseverance and talent.  We will do all that we can to ensure she reaches her full potential by helping her to maintain good health and become more self-confident. 

Water Tank

We are so very grateful to have received £550 from the Rotary Club of Narberth and Whitland to purchase a 5,000 litre water tank. 

We have now become self-sufficient having a permanent supply of drinking water and reserve water for the kitchen. 

Pupils and staff maintain good water drinking/ hydration habits so they do not develop any unnecessary health issues as a result of dehydration or suffer from the illnesses associated with poor water storage.

We fitted three taps outside the pre-school classes so pupils have easy access to drinking water as well as a constant supply for hand-washing.

A big thank you to all those who made this possible.

Level ground for the playing field

Rebecca and Matt, two volunteers from the UK, are doing great work assisting teachers in class and on the playing field developing football and athletic skills. 

Shocked by the state of our playing field, which these days rather resembles Mount Kenya as the incline has become quite steep, they decided to start a fundraising campaign in an effort to help us fund levelling of the field.  Their JustGiving campaign did tremendously well and they exceeded their target raising £620.

During the recent school holidays we hired large machinery to level the soil.  We dug deep trenches to prevent soil erosion and have plans to lay tarmac on the field in the not so distant future.   Pupils will be thrilled when they return to school for Term 2 to find a playing field which will allow their game to improve.

Big thanks to Rebecca and Matt as this is a huge step forward for Roko 20.

Roko 20 depends on the generosity of people like you, to raise funds and give precious time to helping us improve. 

We are indebted to our staff on the ground who, despite considerable challenges, are dedicated to making Roko 20 one of the best performing schools in the area giving pupils an opportunity to change their lives for the better.

Thank you all so very much!

Water Tank
Water Tank
Plentiful supply of clean water
Plentiful supply of clean water
Matt and Rebecca's fundraising for the playground
Matt and Rebecca's fundraising for the playground
Levelling the playing field
Levelling the playing field
Playing field
Playing field
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Pre-school Pupil
Pre-school Pupil

Roko 20 is a community making a difference to those who are most in need and all of this could not be done without your amazing support. Thank you for helping us get this far.

2018 was, without a doubt, a turning point for Roko 20.  This was due to the collaboration of two very special people, Benoit and Florence. A recent life changing decision brought them to Kenya to volunteer at Roko 20 in early 2018. During their time with us both were struck by our commitment and passion for the project, were in full support of Roko 20's Mission and Vision and were swept away by the resolve of our children. Notwithstanding this they recognised an urgent need for organisational advancement relating to management, communication and systems of administration.

Ben and Flo's decision to fully commit to Roko 20 came at the right time and we could not have been more delighted. This was the start of a collaboration which has already resulted in us having a clearer and more efficient organisation.

Their five-step plan of improvements starts with Item 1 simply called 'Organisation'. This item establishes how we operate, obtain our goals for future growth, defines our hierarchy with the school, indentifies each job, its function and where it reports to within the organisation and establishes school and disciplinary rules. Working closely with Job, Roko 20's Manager, the preparation of Item 1 has taken many months and involved intensive management communication training, staff consultations, workshops and extensive research. Implementation of Item 1 began 3rd January at the start of the new school term and the new Year. So far it has been a huge success. 

We are about to commence preparation of our next item 2. This item will deal with Pedagogical rules and define, explain and control the official teaching program, extra-curricular lessons, teaching and examination methods. Items 3 and 4 will deal with Management of Teachers and Staff, define global HR policies and profiles, the assessment process and administrative processes. The final item 5 will deal with the role and interaction of volunteers.

Roko 20 has started its journey of improvement and things can only get better.

On Thursday, 24th January the United Nations and people around the world will be observing the first-ever International Day of Education.  265 million children and adolescents around the world do not have the opportunity to enter or complete school— we’re working to change that!   Celebrate International Day of Education by supporting our work.

By simply spreading the word about what we do to encourage friends and family to sponsor a child you could help us to reach our target of having all our pupils sponsored to receive a full-time quality education. 

Contact Tracey at roko20academy@gmail.com or visit http://roko20academy.weebly.com/how-you-can-help.html for further information.  

Wishing you the very best from all of us at Roko 20 for a healthy, happy and successful 2019!

Staff Workshop on Item 1
Staff Workshop on Item 1
Scouts practice
Scouts practice
Saying prayers at Assembly
Saying prayers at Assembly
Benoit and Florence
Benoit and Florence

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Roko 20

Location: Milford Haven - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
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Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire United Kingdom
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