Education is the key to empowerment and ending poverty in any marginalized community. Teachers play a big role ensuring that students achieve this goal by receiving intensive education, knowledge and thrive academically every day in school to better their future.

 

Public school, especially those in the rural receives limited support from the government, school infrastructure and education facilities are dilapidated as a result education development in these areas are few or nonexistent.

70% of families live below the poverty line, health services, food and water is scarce and this even worsens the situation.

Camps international have been supporting Sasenyi primary schools; one of the schools in the rural areas of Kenya, semi-arid land where rains are sporadic, food & water is scarce. Children walk 7km to go to school every day and sometime with empty stomach. The school infrastructure was once dilapidated but through the effort of Camps international volunteers the school now have 8 new complete classrooms with complete installed guttering systems to act as water catchment for the school.

Complete Classroom

Volunteers building a new classroom 2014

Students getting water from installed water tank at school

In the year 2014 Camps International collaborated with Global Angels and introduced an emergency feeding program to the school as an emergency measure to avert hunger from the school which later proved to be extremely crucial for the Sasenyi students who were once forced to skip classes due to hunger therefore resulted to poor academic results.

The emergency feeding program dramatically boosted the school attendance and eventually the academic performance went high and the school is one of the best in academics within the county.

However, as the public school students struggle to possess education to thrive for their future, challenges have never been giving them space. Public school teachers are underpaid when performing their duties in public schools and this has been the main fundamental problem in Africa for decades. Unlike private schools where teachers are well taken care of with few and manageable student numbers it is not unusual to see a public school with over 1000 students with  8-10 teachers and the lowest class having 90 students in one room struggling.

Kenya is experiencing a national education crisis at the moment with public teachers being on strike countrywide for over 3 weeks now. The government decided to close all the public schools; students have been forced either to stay or study at home.

This has not been possible for the Sasenyi students who find school more educational friendly than home; they have been attending school for education and where they can get food and water at this time of drought.

It is at this time of need that we decided to further support Sasenyi School with a free trip to Rukinga Ranch for not only a great game drive experience, but to give them a valuable opportunity to provide them with some important education on wildlife conservation as part of learning outside classroom experience.

After all, they live mostly in the hot zone on the border of Rukinga Ranch and most of them currently experience little joy or relief, from what in most cases is a fairly pitiful existence. The trip that comprised of 44 students and 4 teachers commenced for the Rukinga ranch on the 28th Sept and had an amazing wildlife monitoring session doing several game drive in the ranch. They were lucky to spot lots of wildlife, including the most and famous red Tsavo  elephant.

The group later proceeded for wildlife education session in the Tsavo Discovery Centre laboratory where they learnt animal classification and their adaptation.

Students at Tsavo Discovery Centre

Student listening attentively on Specimen Identification in (TDC)

Rukinga sanctuary has a diverse population of animals, insect and indigenous plant species. Sasenyi students were glad to learn many facts about wildlife and their respective habitats.

Animal Classification at TDC

The lecture about poaching broke up a comprehensive discussion that brought to the understanding of the negative impacts of poaching and how it affects the Kenyan economy.

Students receiving lecture on poaching in Tsavo Discovery Exhibition room

The response to this fact is to conserve the wildlife for the Kenya tourism economy and the beauty of nature for the future generation.

The attentiveness and enthusiasm of these students during the trip clearly indicated how important this initiative was and how the trip impacted their wildlife education knowledge and conservation approaches.

Students taking notes conservation quiz challenge