Olturrai Nursery School

Michael at the School

Mike School

Level: Nursery School

Student numbers: 50

Location: Laikipia

Project: Individual chalkboards for the students and subsidizing one government paid teacher

In order to promote their cultural heritage, the Laikipia Maasai have created a private nursery school where the parents pay for the teacher, the cook and any other materials that may be necessary.  The goal of the school is to prepare young children to enter the Kenyan public school system while promoting their cultural heritage.  The program includes both a secular education as well as an emphasis on Maasai language and traditions.  Resources are very limited.  

The school started in 2008 with 48 students. The program was on and off for 4 years due to many challenges including: lack of proper learning facilities, funds, bad drought and many other factors. During this time the number of children attending the school fell dramatically to 20 children. In 2011, the school geared up for an amazing recovery and  emerged as the best nursery school in the region with the top 3 performing pupils as well. This incredible performance attracted many more children and the number of students doubled in only a few months. There are now 41 students in the school and, if they maintain their outstanding performance in the end-year exam, the number is expected to nearly double by the end of 2012.

The first and only teacher is Pereina Dickson Lendira. He is a young, motivated maasai warrior with a high-school education level.  He is currently pursuing his certificate in Early Child Development at a college in Isiolo, the nearby township. He is doing his final exam at the end of the year. We wish him a great success. His aim is to give his pupils not only the best education but also the best care.

The school currently consists of a dirt floor hut to house the students and one very old chalkboard.  There are no desks, no paper and no writing materials.  We met with the elders, the founders of the school and the leaders of the community to discuss the priority needs for growth of this incredible program. The elders felt very strongly that they didn't want charity in the traditional sense.  They want the community to appreciate the program and felt that family contribution was the best way to accomplish this.  With their guidance, we determined that the students would benefit from individual chalk boards.  These boards would be stored at the school and would serve a dual purpose as a writing tool and as a lap desk.  The Shukuru Foundation agreed to provide these boards while the parents will be responsible for providing chalk for each student on an ongoing basis.  If you would like to donate a chalkboard to a child, please see our donation link to the right. 

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