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Kenya: New term new beginnings....

With the arrival of the new term and all the students and teachers back on campus, we’re excited to move forward with our plans and continue to build capacity of staff at Ondati Girls.  The teachers have undergone training in interactive teaching methods and are now in the process of designing task based, practical business workshops which will occur weekly and link to the project centred business syllabus.  The project coordinator has also been trained to write a monthly progress report focusing on challenges and solutions from the previous month and to design tasks for the students within their project groups.  A star system has been implemented to recognise the hard working students and the efforts they put in to project manual work.  Project groups have also had a revamp and are now titled project ‘clubs’ with weekly meetings and assigned leaders to emphasise student and teacher ownership, and to motivate them to take full responsibility of the projects. 

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Everyone was up at the crack of dawn yesterday to prepare for this year’s first harambee (community fundraiser).  The girls assembled an outdoor kitchen to prepare food for the guests whilst the staff and committee members all pitched in to put up a marquee and finish the final touches for the occasion.  The community are responsible to raise money for the development of the school’s infrastructure and all pooled together to make it a very special day.  The priority is to build a form 4 classroom in time for the start of the next school year (Jan 2012).  Together they managed to raise a significant amount of money and also received vital contributions of building materials such as bricks and cement from fellow community members.  Ondati still has a way to go to develop the essential infrastructure needed to support the girls.  The school urgently requires a new dormitory and kitchen.  Talks of the next fundraiser are in fact already underway.  The harambee was an excellent platform for the school to inform the community of its developments concerning the businesses as a source of income and practical business education.  Guests were keen to view the projects and sample the services available.  It was a very positive indicator and highlighted the community’s ever strong commitment to the development of the school.

Watch this space for further progress at Ondati Girls…


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