Donors lauded for contribution towards Soar Kenya Academy’s success

Barut-based Soar Kenya Academy Management has lauded all donors and well-wishers for their contribution towards various projects in the School.

The Schools’ Director James Yegon says donors and well-wishers have played key role in the shaping of the School.

According to him, the school has been able to fully prepare for the Juniro Secondary through the help of individuals and families that support education.

Taking to his official Facebook account, Yegon pointed out these individuals and families lauding them for the good gesture.

“Dear Henny Niessen , Julia Niessen  Niessen family and the friend of Niessen family. Receive many thanks from Soar Kenya academy family for your generous donation towards sponsorship of six pupils for one full year and finishing of our junior secondary school classrooms” he wrote.

The school has been doing well in the National Examinations.

In the 2022 class eight national examination KCPE, all the 35 candidates who enrolled scored 300 marks and above.

Yegon says, the success is attributed to the good motivation that teachers in the school receive.

The school has also been helping needy children from the village of Kilelwet through full sponsorship of their education.

Joy as over 100 widows in Kilelwet village get Christmas donation from well-wishers

Over 100 widows in Kelelwet village in Barut, Nakuru West Sub county have benefited from food donations courtesy of well-wishers .

The widows who spoke to this writer narrated how harsh life has been since the demise of their husbands.

Led by Christine Koske,they lauded the well-wishers for stepping in for their welfare especially during this moment of harsh economic times.

According to them, life in the eyes of a widow has not been roses with most of them struggling to make ends meet.

They say their struggle has been just to ensure their children have something on the table to keep them moving.

Widow Christine who lost her husband in 2007,says life has not been easy on her side with struggles here and there.

She has to play the role of father and mother at the same time to make her children happy despite the absence of father.

“Life has not been easy as a widow. I keep on moving to ensure my children are okay. Such a donation is of great help” she said.

To them, the donation will go a long way in ensuring their families have something during this festive season.

Sentiments echoed by Wambui Koske Arap Too who stated she became a widow 20 years ago following the demise of her husband.

The donation, she said, will help her children feel the presence of their father in the family as he was the breadwinner.

“At least my children will feel the presence of their father who used to treat them during the Christmas season” said Wambui.

James Yegon who is the Director Soar Kenya Academy and President-elect Rotary Club of Nakuru for the year 2023/2024 stated that the initiative to assist widows through food supply programs in the community will go on.

He noted that through friends from Rotary Club of Davis USA and other well wishers, the program has continued to impact positively to a number of widows in the community.

“We have continued to partner with many well-wishers in serving the community and more so widows” he said.

Yegon used the moment to call on well-wishers to join hands and put a smile on the vulnerable in so donations were from Rotarians,Mark Clendenin,Virginia Neutzling,Sue Marzano,Dan Fuline,Bob Carr,Bill Liber, all from Rotary club of Canton,Ohio USA.

Rotarian Eldon Johnson who is also the founder of HOPE organization, Rotarians David and Mitch from the Rotary club of Davis sunrise and Terry Schadeberg and Deanna Schadeberg and anonymous.

Soar Kenya Academy shines in 2022 KCPE

Soar Kenya Academy in Nakuru West Sub County has hit headlines with good results in 2022 KCPE.

All the 35 candidates who sat the Examination at the centre scored 300 marks and above.

The top candidate Maxwell Modecai scored 393 while the least got 310 marks.

Top girl at the school Winnie Mwango scored 374 marks.

The school recorded a Meanscore of 357.43 with 25 students scoring 350 marks and above.

Reacting to the results, Soar Kenya Academy Director James Yegon noted termed it ‘Good News’.

He commended the teachers and donors for the support towards the success.

“This is good news!! We presented 35 candidates to the Kenya national examination council(KNEC) the leading got 393 and the least got 310 school mean score 357.43. Congratulations to all our candidates and teachers.To our donors,Thank you so much for your support.God bless you” said Yegon.

Barut-based Soar Kenya Academy lauded for embracing holistic educatio

Barut-based Soar Kenya Academy in Nakuru West Sub County has been lauded for embracing holistic education to learners.

Speaking at the school over the weekend during the graduation ceremony for PP2 and Grade 6 pupils, immediate former President Rotary Club of Nakuru Joab Okello lauded the approach saying it is key in broadening the mind of the learner.

He encouraged parents to invest in the education of their children so as to give them a strong foundation for prosperity.

According to Okello, children need to be provided not only with accessible but quality education especially at a tender age to keep them abreast with learning skills.

On the ongoing conversation on Competency Based Curriculum, Okello urged the Government to work closely with stakeholders in implementing the same.

“I am impressed with Soar Kenya Academy simply because the school has continued to cater holistic education to the learners and in doing so they are bringing up great people in society. This is in line with CBC that the government is advocating for” said Okello.

The Founder and Director Soar Kenya Academy James Yegon on his part reiterating the school’s commitment towards working with government and other stakeholders to improve education standards.

He noted that, education sector is huge and should involve all stakeholders for a better society and nation at large.

On the CBC issue, Yegon revealed that the centre is fully prepared in terms of teachers’ training as well as infrastructure for the Junior Secondary.

“On CBC, we are ready as a school. We hope the taskforce will give a report on time so that we can move forward” he said.

The centre recorded a mean score of 372.58 in Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and this year the school has a target mean score of 380 and above.

The school’s head Godfrey Odida on his part called on the government to work closely with stakeholders in improving the education standards in the country.

According to him, there is still confusion on various aspects of the new curriculum hence the need for proper sensitization.

“There is dire need for the government to carry out proper sensitization on the CBC to address the state of confusion that the majority of parents and schools are in” he said.

Since the inception of CBC parents have been raising concerns with calls on the government to help address the same before full implementation.

Key among them is the issue of current schools accommodating the Junior secondary.

Praxcedes Namathi- a parent at Soar Kenya Academy says the mixing of the pupils should be looked into.

She is however quick to note that the CBC in itself is a good curriculum that should be embraced by all.

“We still wait for the taskforce to give their report so that we can be in the know how” she said.

Sentiments echoed by Ms Vivian Chelang’at who is a young parent.

To her, CBC is the way to go as pupils are exposed to great opportunities and talents as per their capability.


Charity groups call for concerted effort towards access to menstrual hygiene supplies

More effort should be put in place by the government through the Ministry of Education to ensure all school girls are supplied with sanitary pads to keep the girls in school during their menstrual period.

This even as statistics indicate that many girls miss school during their menstrual period due to lack of sanitary pads hence to avert shame and stigma they decide to stay at home for the three days hence missing a lot.

The negative impact on their education is also felt as they stay at home while their male counterparts continue with their studies.

Such gap has seen several lobby groups step in with sanitary pads donation to schools more so in rural areas.

A partnership between Geneva Lake West Rotary Club, Steve and Patricia Werner, Nakuru based Soar Kenya Academy and Hope Well as well Rotary Club of Nakuru has seen many girls stay in school even when in their menstrual period.

Speaking on Monday at Gogar Primary School in Rongai sub county of Nakuru County during a similar donation to more than 300 girls from area schools, James Yegon from Rotary Club of Nakuru commended the partners for the good gesture.

He said this will go a long way in addressing the challenges that girls at grassroot have been going through due to lack of sanitary pads.

“The harsh economic times have impacted negatively on the girls as the majority of parents cannot buy the pads leading to many of them missing out on school during the menstrual period. But with the partnership, we are now sure that the girls will get a full one year pack and go on with their studies to make a better generation in future” said Yegon.

Similar sentiments echoed by Sally Kamau from HEART Foundation- an organization that is spearheading a project dubbed Freedom for Girls’ meant to empower and ensure girls are safe in schools.

She said since the commencement of the Project, over 300,000 girls have been reached and empowered fully.

Ms Sally called on society to end stigma and shame around the menstrual period but rather join in ensuring a better society where girls are empowered.

“We have been doing this as HEART Foundation to ensure our girls are in schools. As a society we need to come together and end the stigma and shame towards our girls especially when they are in their menstrual period” she said.

She also called on the government to also step in and ensure sanitary pads are supplied in schools.

The project is being implemented in various counties in the country among them Nakuru and Baringo counties.

Teachers and pupils whose schools have benefited have lauded the charity groups for their good gesture towards empowering girl child.

Charity groups on a mission to improve livelihood in Barut

Residents of Barut in Nakuru West subcounty have a reason to smile after charity organizations stepped in with several support projects.

The projects that touch on water and education are aimed at improving livelihood in the area.

The area has had challenges among them lack of quality water services for many years.

However, a partnership between Rotary Club of Nakuru, Rotary Club of Davis Sunrise and Engineers without borders has solved the crisis.

Speaking at Soar Kenya Academy during the commissioning of vari projects among them water and classrooms, outgoing Rotary Club of Nakuru President Joab Okello also revealed that they are now embarking on a project to adopt several water boreholes for defluoridation.

He noted that for many years the locals have consumed water that has high levels of flouride that has negative repurcusion to their health.

“We are doing these water projects so that locals can be able to get quality water snd good health” stated Okello.

on her part Joanne Todd from  American Friends of kenya who spoke after commissioning administration Block building at Soar Kenya Academy reiterated the need for continued collaboration in improving education standards in the area.

She noted that education is key in transforming society.

“We all have responsibility to ensure a better society and way of doing such is through education” she said.

It should be noted that since establishment in 2011, Soar Kenya Academy has continued to positively impact the lives of many children from poor background.

Director and Founder Mr James Yegon lauded the donors for the continued collaboration and support.

He says education is the only transmission idea in the area.

“I just want to thank out donors and friends for the support. We know through education, these children will be able to assist their parents and have a bright future” said Yegon.

The event was also attended by incoming President Rotary Club of  Nakuru Rani Ramchandani as well as Quality Assurance officer Nakuru West Christopher Ogutu.





Soar Academy shines as all students score 300 plus in KCPE

10 out of the 18 candidates at the school recorded between 350 and 386 marks.

The other 8 candidates scored between 302 and 346 marks.

Speaking after receiving the news of the performance, Director James Yegon commended the teachers,pupils and donors.

He was however quick to note that they expected more than that but COVID-19 messed up everything.

“We have tried,though not as we expected as COVID-19 had effect on us.We thank our teachers,pupils a d donors and look forward to even  better results this year” said Yegon.

While releasing the results on Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha was categorical that there will be 100 percent transition to secondary schools.

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