Is a small school located at the boundary of Mathare and Ruaraka area. The school has an approximate population of five hundred pupils. This number has risen over the years as the school which began as a preschool now includes a primary unit as well.
Raising start has also grown from offering education up to standard seven to now going up to standard eight with its first candidates going to sit their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations next year.
An eight-year old who lives in Mathare area one, first born of two boys and attends Raising Star Academy in standard three. Seth was a shy child and lacked confidence before the introduction of the reading club.
He was withdrawn; shying from expressing himself or participating in class which in turn affected his performance. “I did not talk in class because I could not speak good English. My friends laughed at me when I was told by a teacher to read from the book or on the blackboard and it made me feel bad,” Seth explained.
A class three teacher as well as the life skills teacher in the school, took an interest in Seth and supervised his reading culture closely. He made sure that Seth was actively reading in class each time that other children were doing so. As a result, Seth’s passion for reading progressively improved resulting in him creating a custom of reading. His teachers would often test his gains by asking him to read more often during the class period.
A Std 8 boy who is 13-years-old who comes from a single parent family. His mother became the sole bread winner since his father died years ago. Since he is the first born, Stanley was forced to skip school to go and do side jobs so that he can provide for his mother and siblings.
He is a Lifeskills club member and a peer educator. From the knowledge he received after attending one of the peer educators training organized by Life skills Promoters in 2015, he was able to accept his life and the challenges that he faces.He also asserted to the fact that teaching and encouraging other pupils in the school has been a very fulfilling experience.
Wama primary school is a nonformal school located in the heart of Dandora slum in Nairobi County. This among others is a school that has ripped great benefits through training courtesy of Life skills Promoters in conjunction with GOAL Kenya.
A 14-year-old class seven(7) boy name withheld was challenged by one of the facilitators and had no reasonable doubt that his dream to establish health club has finally arrived. The facilitator was speaking on self-awareness and self-esteem which resuscitated the boys’ energy to drive forth his passion.
For a long time, Kahuruko Bar and Restaurant had been a great source of discontent for the entire fraternity of Millyjos School in Dandora. The bar’s close proximity to the school is a cause of major consternation to the pupils and teachers walking to school.
For starters, the blaring music and noise from the establishment greatly hampered learning activities in the little school even in the morning sessions when concentration levels are optimal. Drunkards from the bar could be seen more often harassing school going children and other road users.
Then year 2015, shall forever be lodged in the minds of Imani school’s Victor Wanjala and Doreen Wekesa. Needless to say, they will not be forgetting their experiences in any near future. All their woes began with the transfer of their parents to Nairobi in search of greener pastures for their family. As much as their folks were super excited to travel to the big city, these two were quite apprehensive about their prospects in the urban setting. Traveling had always spelled doom for them because every time their parents moved, they had to repeat a class. Victor was already feeling he was too old for primary school level of education and his physique was too intimidating for his classmates. Doreen has always been reluctant to make friends because of her big size.