Kare Foundation Admission of 9 Team Members in Secondary Schools

Introduction

Kenya’s Ministry of Education released the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations in April, 2022. The Ministry further announced the official period when all candidates were to join secondary school as Form 1 students would commence on May 5, 2022.

In line with Kare Foundation’s Objective iii-Advancing education, 8 students, 4 boys and 4 girls, who had earlier been awarded the secondary school education scholarships, reported to their various schools on May 5, 2022. The scholarship covers the full 4 year secondary school education programme. Once selected, a scholarship awardee becomes referred to as a Team Member. One more girl was added as a Team Member though she was joining as a Form Three.

The Kare Foundation selection panel ensured the successful candidates met the requirement needed for the awards. These criteria included partial or total orphan hood, extreme poverty background or family experiencing severely traumatic episode requiring external financial support.

The selected Female Team Members were Judy Cherop Kemboi from Laikipia County, Angel Mwenesi Ingosi from Bungoma County, Linet Wambui Waithira and Pauline Njoki Wawira both from Kirinyaga County.

The Male Team Members were Brian Kiprop Koech from Baringo County, Hosea Mutoro Wafula from Bungoma County, John Ngugi Ng’ang’a from Laikipia County and David Murimi Muriithi from Kirinyaga County.

Ruth Wanjiru Ng’ang’a was the Team Member joining at Form Three level. She was transferring from Thigio Secondary School, a mixed day school in her rural village.

Admissions of Team Members in Secondary Schools as New Students

Kare Foundation had managed to secure places in two schools for all the 9 Team Members. The 5 female Team Members joined St. Agnes Girls’ Secondary School – Kiranja, a girls’ only government boarding institution.  The 4 male Team Members were going to Karia Secondary School, a boys’ only government boarding institution. Both schools are in Kirinyaga Central Sub-County, Kirinyaga County.

On Thursday May 5, 2022, all the 9 Team Members reported to their respective schools. A team of Kare Foundation staff, volunteers and a Team Member’s parent accompanied them helping in the admission processes. This team was made up of Youth Counsellor Jane Wanjira, Intercessor Naomi Murage, Team Member Linet’s mother and Country Manager, Peter Nyongesa.  

Lessons Learnt

I} School fees is to be paid early. This ensures a smooth admission process devoid of any bottlenecks when Team Members go to school. This is what happened to the 9 Team Members as their fees had been paid well in advance. 

Iv} Parental involvement in the admission processes is important for the ultimate, be it emotional or otherwise, wellbeing of the student. This involvement signifies the beginning of a complex 4 year relationship between the student, parent/guardian, the sponsor and the school. There are inter and intra-relationships between and amongst the parties participating in delivering the academic fruit for the child/ward, student or Team Member as the situation so dictates.

 Conclusion

The admission of the Team Members served as an excellent milestone for Kare Foundation. Kare Foundation would build upon the lessons learned to deliver quality service to Team Members and partners now and in the future. May Our Almighty God bless them all.

Ms at Karia Boys Secondary School
TMs at St. Agnes Girls’ Secondary School-Kiranja. On the extreme left is Linet Wambui’s mother & extreme right is Peter Nyongesa, Country Manager

James 1:27:

Pure and unblemished religion [as it is expressed in outward acts] in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit and look after the fatherless and the widows in their distress and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the [secular] world

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