Thanks to our wonderful supporters, our school Miche Bora in a poor area of Mombasa continues to thrive depite difficulties, not least continued very high inflation in Kenya and the changes which the Kenyan Government is making to the education system. As mentioned in a previous report Primary Education in Kenya was until age fourteen but wil change to age 12 to be more in line with the rest of the world. Our school so far has provided for children from age three in Nursery until age fourteen when the national exam, KPCE, takes place. Our exam results have been excellent so far, always above the Government expectation of at least a C grade. To become a Junior Secondary School, taking children to age fifteen, which is what our parents and teachers wish, we have to fulfil various criteria. Schools are inspected to ensure they are suitable. We have of course our beautiful school building with far better facilities than many schools. We have made and are making changes to enable us to take children to age fifteen. Reception Class children are only in school until midday, stay for lunch then go home as has always been the case. Nursery children will now come in the afternoon into the same area, which is a large room especially designed for young children. We have lots of equipment and resources for this to work well. Nursery and Reception were previously in seperate rooms in the mornings. We already have one free classroom but this frees another room so that we have space for a science lab, for IT etc. We have aquired a walled playground at a very small rent, another criterion, but are still waiting to hear whether we will be accepted as a Junior Secondary School.
In September our Founding Trustee and two volunteers will be going to Kenya again. Our teachers love to have volunteers in school and are always keen to find out about new ideas. One volunteer will concentrate particularly on taking photographs of every aspect of school life and the other will be working with the teachers of young children, mostly around six and seven year olds, on Maths and the use of resources. Both volunteers have been to Miche Bora before. Our Founding Trustee visits at least once and usually twice a year, working with the Headteacher, carrying out staff training, holding parents' meetings and dealing with the very many other things that always occur.
The success of Miche Bora is only possible because of our donors. We can't thank you enough for your support. Our families value education highly and are desperate for their children to have a better future. You are changing lives. If you are new to us please remember that the smallest donation makes a difference. Thank you from all of us at Mustard Seed.
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