KENYA SCHOOL PROJECT
JEARN NEGAI Connection
We plan to build a school （NEGAI International
Education Centre) in Kaimosi in the west part of Kenya with my husband and my
Kenyan friends. In Kenya, primary schools (from 1st grade to 8th grade) became
obligatory in 2003 for the first time.
Students don't have to pay the tuition but there are no lunch service at
public schools and there are 80~90 students in one class, especially in
the countryside. The students have to share the desks, chairs, textbooks,
notebooks and pens in the classroom of the schools without electricity
and tap water. Sometimes snakes sneak in there. They come to school from
the long distance after finishing carrying water from the rivers and ponds
or picking the twigs for cooking. However their motivation to study is
very high. They eagerly listen to their teachers and copy from the old
blackboards or remember the lessons very clearly. At primary schools, they
are taught in English, so most children speak English as well as their
mother tangue and Swahili language.
I went to Kenya with my family and friends in 2006 for the first time. We
visited 2 primary schools in the suburb of Kisumu City and we were warmly
welcomed by the teachers and the students there. They are very cheerful with
beautiful smiles but about 70 % of these children lost their parent(s) because
of HIV/AIDS and have to live by themselves. The principal of one of these
primary schools is taking care of 7 children who lost their parents, besides
his own 8 children, for example. There are no facilities like an orphanage.
During our stay in Kenya, I was asked by some children for money for the tuition
of a high school. At that time I felt helpless for myself though those children
were so smart.
I have worked for the local government in
Japan as a teacher for 35 years. I'd like to change my lifestyle in a new world
and want to seek what I can do for Africa. Last year I happened to meet Mr.
Ombajo Edward in the youth summit conference in Kobe and shared the dream of
building an ESD school in Kenya. ESD stands for Education for Sustainable
Develpoment. We aim to teach "the environment", "peace",
human, "rights","gender free" and so on.
I retired from my teacher’s job in Japan this March. My husband and I started
to build a school in Kaimosi, Kenya and we will go there in September.
Our plan for the school is for example, we would like to teach Japanese and ESD
to the boys and girls of 15~18. About 20 students already started to learn
computer skills with a young Kenyan teacher there since March. Our dream is
spreading to the idea of organizing an eco tour and invite people from Japan
and other countries. Actually we started to build guest rooms too and we can accommodate
16 people at a time. Also when we go back to Japan we would like to take Kenyan
youth to Japan for a cultural exchange. We have another plan to take 1~2 Kenyan
students to next iEARN conference in Taiwan, too. We are full of dreams and
join us to support us and enjoy with us!
come to Kaimosi, Kenya for an ECO tour or spread this website to your friends!
ECO TOUR website: http://www.dhcblog.com/kenya/category_16/
Suwako Nagata: email@example.com