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Mwanzo is excited to share with you recent news from Rabuor. In May and June of this year, our preschoolers took part in cultural competitions with large numbers of other schools within Nyanza Province. In the first two rounds, our children took first or second place in nearly every event, such as dance, song and readings. On August 8, our children were part of the district-level competition in Kisumu. This is a wonderful
opportunity for our schoolchildren to show their capabilities, and for their parents to take pride in the creativity of their girls and boys!
Earlier in July, our teachers and parent-escorts accompanied our primary students on their annual field trip.
This is an activity that Mwanzo has prioritized for many years, as it takes our students to places they have likely never been, and experience aspects of life distinct from rural villages. This year, our trip took the children to Kenya Power and Light, where we all learned about how electricity is produced, and how light is created. One of the children told our Headteacher that he couldn’t believe it is possible to move a switch with a finger and have dark suddenly change to light! What a wonderful example of how our students’ capacity to imagine can change their understanding of the possibilities of the wider world.
Also in June, several of our teachers attended a week-long orientation/training covering changes being introduced by the Kenyan Ministry of Education to early childhood and lower primary (Grades 1-3)
curriculum in 2020. One of the foci covered during the week was differentiated learning, a relatively new educational concept for Kenya. Mwanzo will need to purchase new classroom materials by year’s-end.
Finally, on June 28, staff with the Kenyan Ministry of Health visited our MEC on “National Deworming Day,” providing all students Albendazole tablets, as well as Vitamin A supplements for our preschoolers. Mwanzo cares both for the body and mind.
Every one of the above stories is made possible because of your donations and engagement with this work of care and love for others. For your generosity, Loyce Ong’udi and the Mwanzo Board are deeply thankful.