Over 250 needy learners benefit from SCANN’s free uniform donation

Over 276 needy pupils at Kibowen Komen Primary school in Rhonda Ward have benefited from a school uniforms project.

The project is spearheaded by Street Children Assistance Network-Nakuru in collaboration with donors and well wishers.
It aims at ensuring needy children in informal settlement of Nakuru too have a reason to remain in school and study.
Mr.Shamsher Gilani and other guests at Kibowen Komen Primary school in Rhonda.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Speaking at Kibowen Komen Primary school in Rhonda during the second batch of unforms donation, SCANN chairman Shamsher Gilani said the need that was there is what prompted the commencement of the project.


According to Shamsher, this is also in line with SCANN’s agenda on education for street boys.

He adds that they will be extending the program to other schools with needy learners.
“We saw the need in our informal settlements where children go to schools in torn clothes and we decided to step in and ensure dignity” said Shamsher.
It should be noted that under education pullar, SCANN has been able to educate over 300 boys to Form 4 while 56 boys have made it to University.
The centre also prides in having produced its first graduate in Medicine from Egerton University Nakuru.
Besides education, through donors and other well wishers, the SCANN hot kitchen project was started.
This was prompted by covid-19 pandemic that rendered many families hopeless.
The project according to Shamsher came at the right time to assist needy families atleast get a free meal daily.
The two hot kitchens are in Bondeni and Rhonda slum areas of Nakuru.
“We currently serve over 1000 meals per day and the project has been of great help to vulnerable families in the slums” he said.
Switzerland based Care 4 organization Co-founder Ms Natalie who also accompanied Shamsher during donation at Kibowen Komen Primary lauded the project.
She revealed that as an organization they will continue to support such initiatives.
“We look forward to continue supporting such noble programs” she said.
It should be noted that the school uniforms project by SCANN has not only helped the needy learners.
A group of women dubbed Destiny Women Group in Barut centre has continued to reap big from their sewing work.
Their products are purchased under the project and they have a reason to smile.
According to immediate former President Rotary Club of Nakuru Mr.Joab Okello who has been assisting the group, the women are now a happy lot as they are now financial independent.
“We are now involving women in this project. The group sell their products among them uniforms and shoes” he said.

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 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.





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