|An overview of the school compound|
Computer lab and library under construction
Ushirika primary school is located in a small area of land in a malformed shape .The structure of the classes in the school are made in such a way that there are classes on the ground floor and others on the first floor. There are other lower classes located on either side of a small corridor all the way leading to the staff room and offices of the bazaar. Another building led by a wooden stair case leads you to other offices of the school.
|An interview with one of the board members|
In the year 2014, the board members sat down. Seeing that Kenya and at large the world is moving to the digital side, they decided to firstly, construct a computer laboratory cum library that serves both the community and school children. With support from Umande Trust, their dreams were valid. Umande Trust agreed to fund the construction of the building and in buying the school computers. Secondly, being in the domain of Bio digesters constructed around Kenya under the supervision of Umande Trust, a bio digester is constructed right under the computer laboratory that could help the school in lighting, cooking and in the lab. Finally, the school serves the community by constructing toilets and bathrooms for both the school and community members on either side of the lab.
In conclusion, “We have further partnered with a schools in Australia and Netherlands for an online exchange program for these children,” Bernard says as he stares into the horizon filled with the many iron sheet rooftops below us. The program is meant to give the children a chance to interact and share their ideas such as their cultures, knowledge, education, problems, achievements and the like. “We believe this will make learning interesting and easier and will improve our academics and grades,” he concludes.
By Jill Apiyo.
Community Partnership Intern.