Street Children Assistance Network Nakuru SCANN has commenced a program of sponsoring learners from humble background with uniforms.
The program is spearheaded by Chairman Shamsher Gilani.
On Thursday 265 needy learners from Kibowen Komen Primary school in Rhonda Ward, Nakuru West became first beneficiaries of the program.
Linet Kwamboka- a parent at the school and resides in the neighboring Weavers estate.
Her struggles to raise her four children after her husband was given life imprisonment after he was found on the wrong arm of the law makes it hard for her to meet her children’s needs.
She is however grateful to SCANN for stepping in for her.
” What SCANN has done to me is great.My children can now study in new uniform” she said.
Sentiments echoed by Anastacia Kavaya- a resident of Rhonda estate has two children with one already in grade 3.
The duo is just but a representation of what many parents in the slum areas go through in ensuring their children get education.
The school’s headteacher Peter Gitau reveals that the school has 1,740 pupils with 195 students at the Junior Secondary.
He admits that schools in informal settlements have a lot of challenges, among them malnutrition on the side of learners due to the fact that parents have little income.
This, he adds, has also affected the learners who come to school even without uniforms lowering their self-esteem, hence government and well-wishers should step in.
He is however quick to note that despite the challenges, the school has shown some improvement in performance having recorded a mean score of 226- an increase from previous year’s mean score of 208.
“Government and well-wishers should support such schools in informal settlements to boost the morale of these learners” he said.
Mr.Shamsher Gilani called for a collective responsibility in ensuring education for all especially in the slum areas of Nakuru.
“We felt it wise to step in and assist the children in this school and we shall be doing so in other several schools in the slum areas” he stated.
It should be noted that the uniforms and shoes donated are products of Barut’s Destiny Women Group members who are turning their beautiful craft through beading and sewing, and shoe making work as a step towards self-reliance.