End of term celebrations in Oct 2016
The new school year began on January 4th. Each year we add a new class as we grow into a full primary school and this year sees us adding Class 7.
At our end of year celebration in October, teachers awarded the best pupils in the school - some scored over 450 out of a possible 500 in their end of year exams. An astounding result for kids who have been out of school and had to play catch up. Teachers also reported improved average test scores in every class. Our teaching team are doing an excellent job.
We take a holistic approach in our school and aim to invest in the whole child - not just their academics. For this reason, we ran a successful parenting course in June/July to encourage, support and challenge parents in their role. Throughout 2016, the upper primary students also enjoyed weekly I.T. lessons to promote their digital literacy. Children also had the opportunity to take part in an after-school football club competing in a local league in addition to their P.E. classes during school time.
This year we're excited to have a new volunteer involved who will be teaching creative arts. This will include arts, crafts, creative writing, music and drama. We want to value and nurture our pupil's creativity and give them opportunities to express themselves in new ways. We've seen the benefits of these art classes in the past and we're excited to have a new long-term volunteer to enable us to continue to provide these classes.
There is much to celebrate both looking back and looking forward but we continue to seek solutions to challenges we've been facing over the past year. Some of the families we work with have such low incomes that even though we're able to offer free schooling and daily meals, they continue to struggle to meet their children's other basic needs and opt to move to an upcountry home where the costs are fewer but so are the opportunities for the children to attend school.
We continue to experiment with ways to involve parents more in their children's education - this is a challenge when many are so busy trying to make ends meet they have little time to spare. Some only attained very basic education or none at all, others just show little interest in their children's progress. These are some of the challenges we bring forward into the new year.
We are grateful to our donors and friends for their ongoing support to the Fountains of Hope School. Together we’re empowering children in Kibera to reach their full God-given potential. Thank you.