Back to School Surprise For 14 Public Schools In Kenya
Students in public schools in Kenya were in for a pleasant surprise when they found their schools facilities all cleaned up by Spread the Love Campaign volunteers who embarked on a renovation activation at the schools on Sunday 1st September, 2019
The campaign co-ordinated by Mavuno Church shut down their Sunday service and mobilised 3,500 congregants from various Kenya campuses to give back to the community during Church service time.
The Spread the Love campaign targets to raise 1 million hours annually of community service through volunteers and increased its investments in refurbishment of Public Primary Schools to Sh20 million from last year’s Sh16 million.
“We are looking at getting to 30 schools in 2020; we are looking at partnering with other well-wishers, and invite other corporates to partner with us to make this dream a reality. As our National Anthem says, Let’s build our land and nation, it’s a responsibility for everyone, and not the government alone,” said Pastor Muriithi Wanjau, Senior Pastor Mavuno Church.
The Public Schools that are set to benefit from the facelift include Mlolongo Primary School, Plainsview Primary School, Kasoitu Primary, Lavington Primary, State House Primary, Rabai Road Primary School, Donholm Primary School, Komarock Primary School, Supaloaf Primary School, Kwa Njenga, Njathaini Primary School and St. Patrick’s Primary School.
“Some of the major needs of the schools include classrooms with potholed floors, damaged notice boards and missing doors and windows. Inadequate furniture, has seen some students stand or sit on the classroom floors and use stones and planks as desks during lessons,” says Jacqueline Mathaga, chairperson of the Spread the Love Strategy Team.
Public schools in Kenya experienced increase in enrolment following the 2003 re-introduction of free primary education which was aimed at providing more opportunities for out of school children.
Within one year of implementation UNESCO, 2005 reported an increase in gross enrolment rate (GER) which resulted in more than 1.5 million out of school children joining primary schools.
However, school facilities and infrastructure proved to be a challenge as classes became congested with limited physical facilities, sanitary and hygiene toilet facilities.
“From a psychology perspective, Poor facilities lead to disinterested pupils and lower school performances, we need to invest in our children, show them we love them in order for them to be better equipped for the future,” noted Carol Wanjau Executive Pastor Mavuno Church.