The Fountains of Hope School is a free primary school targeting the poorest children in the Kibera slum, Kenya. We provide high quality, holistic education. We aim to improve school enrolment, attendance and learning outcomes in Kibera.
How many children were in your class at primary school? In state schools around Kibera, as many as 60 children vie for the attention of one teacher. Many are slipping behind. The schools are under-resourced and charge levies to supplement their budgets. When parents can't afford to pay, their children are excluded from school. Children are dropping out or have low attendance rates. As a result, many children are not achieving the exam results they need to move on to secondary school.
At our school, just 25 pupils share spacious classrooms. We offer a full curriculum to develop the whole child including creative arts, sports and I.T. Our daily feeding programme ensures children attend every day, concentrate in class and grow healthy and strong. Social workers and Pastors care for children beyond education, recognising that they face multiple issues outside of school. In this way we aim to improve attendance and learning outcomes and see children going on to secondary school.
In the long term, we expect our students to achieve academically and become well-rounded members of the community who know they have something to contribute to society. We are very intentional about involving parents in their children's education thereby encouraging the community to value quality education and demand it for their children. By 2018, we aim to run a full primary school offering all eight years of primary education. We want our pupils to be able to take their final primary exam