It has been quite a journey for Kesho Edutainment members.
The endurance and commitment has been awarded. Kesho Edutainment youths were 3rd overall at the Youth Extravaganza held in Malindi Cleopatra Hall and were awarded KSH 10,000 voucher.
That was not all, the best male actor award was also clinched by a Kesho Edutainment member and a trophy to show for it.
The joy and price of the members is with no doubt worth it all considering it was their first attempt in competing. The experience, friendship and memories forever etched in their minds.
Last week we hosted 12 teachers from 8 different schools from Kilifi County for a 2-day workshop on ‘Alternative approaches to Discipline’.
Corporal punishment was banned in 2006, further it was enshrined in various legal instruments such as Constitution of Kenya, 2010 (Art 53, ”Protection from child abuse, neglect, harmful cultural practices, forms of violence, inhuman treatment &punishment, hazardous & exploitative labour”). The reality shows that it has never been fully implemented. One of the factors is that not all teachers are equipped with knowledge on the variety of alternative approaches to disciplines.
The workshop program included information and inputs to understanding development needs in children, fostering positive behavior through teacher learner healthy relationship, how to handle children with different capabilities, legal and policy framework on child safeguarding and approaches of positive discipline.
The workshop also provided a platform for the teachers to share their experiences in regards to the workshop topic as well as the progress on the introduction of the school safeguarding policy.
A big thank you to all facilitators for all their inputs and participants for their valuable contribution and active participation.
Creating safe spaces children is of utmost importance and that we can only achieve if we uphold their rights.
CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.
“The experience was really amazing”
Lemic Ngalla (24 years) was invited by Order Valium Online Australia to attend their annual partners meeting (10th to 13th of August) in Kampala. An event that brings together partners to network, celebrate and learn.
Although I had a long and tiresome flight through Ethiopia, my expectations were much greater than the fatigue. There were over 100 organizations and about 200 participants. It was a great learning experience through the interaction and networking with different people. The speeches carried a strong message particularly to the youth and youth led organisations, which I will be sharing with members of Kesho Alumni and GYEA.
The conference was graced with the presence of Graca Machel (wife to the late Nelson Mandela), Emmanuel Jal (a Sudanese artist, global peace advocate, former child soldier and war survivor), Eddy Kenzo (Ugandan Musician and former street child), I got an opportunity to meet them and hold conversation on the power that lies within the youth to bring about positive change.
The Yellow Track (Youth Delegates) sessions were both educative and enjoyable. I had the opportunity to interact with over 20 youth from Africa who are passionate about global change for achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). We visited RAHU (Ordering Valium) a youth led organisation which uses different strategies such as art to pass Sexual Reproductive Health awareness to youth in Uganda. I noted that youth delegates present were addressing similar problems to the youth in Kilifi and this provided a platform to discuss solutions and best practice.
We celebrated the International Youth Day which was on 11th, August in style. The whole conference was chaired and presided over by the youth delegates. I chaired a group of about 20 people from different countries. The topic of discussion was Teenage Pregnancies in Kilifi with reference to other countries/counties represented by the participants. My summary statement was #Child Pregnancy Is Not Cool.
I must also say that I really enjoyed the dinners at the resort, dance and performances by musicians from Uganda. The food was really nice and I enjoyed the buffet. The experience was definitely worth the long and tiresome flight. Thank you Kesho for making it happen.
Lemic is the current Kesho Alumni Chairman. He was supported by Kesho through Secondary School and then worked at Kesho as a graduate assistant during his gap year. In 2015 he graduated with a 1st Class degree from Maseno University and works now at Buy Genuine Valium Uk as assistant administrator. He founded a social enterprise GYEA; running a youth football team to empower and mentor young children form his village.
All that made Lemic the perfect Kesho youth representative during the SFF annual meeting.
THANK YOU LEMIC for representing Online Valium Australia so well during the #SFF2016 in Uganda.
In August 2011 we wrote about Johnston (Buy Diazepam Online Australia): “He will spend the next 2 years at the Aga Khan and then take up his place at a Kenyan University in 2013 (unless he gets a scholarship to a university overseas in the mean time – it wouldn’t surprise us!).”
And here we are; Johnston is studying in Canada. After being accepted at Agakhan and on completion he got an offer to study commerce at the Sauder School of Business at UBC (University of British Columbia) in Vancouver, with a full scholarship from the MasterCard Foundation. He studies B.Com, specializing in Business Technology Management and Accounting. Let’s hear from him on how he is doing on the other side of the world.
How does a typical day in your life look like?
I get up at 7am, eat breakfast and by 8:30 am, I am in class. I usually have between two to three classes in a day at different times. I use the breaks between class to study, complete assignments or group projects. However sometimes my days are busier since recently I have been working as a Sales representative for a telecommunications company. That income assists me to cover personal expenses and partly I support my family too.
Have you experienced a ‘culture shock’ when you went to Canada? What were the challenges and how have you overcome them?
People here appear to be very friendly and sweet at the beginning. Sometimes it was hard to tell if someone likes you or that they’re just being nice.
Another thing is that people here are obsessed about living healthy. They eat a lot of vegetables, they hate red meat and exercise a lot. Strange enough they put cheese in almost everything they eat. Also, most foods are either too sweet or too salty. After making friends and living here for a while, these things are now normal.
What are the main learning points when living in a different culture?
To always have an open mind and make meaningful relationships with as many people as possible
What do you miss most about Kenya?
My family, friends and the food. Living in Canada has kept me away from my friends in Kenya, and although I’ve settled down, it is becoming harder and harder to stay up to date with what is going on with friends as I used to. Ugali is still my favorite and I can’t have it over here.
What is your best memory with Kesho?
There are lots of great moments from Kesho, it’s kind of hard to pick one. Maybe when Lemic and I were practicing for interviews and trying to improvise answers on the spot. I remember Mack, Beatrice and Ambrose would always tell when we were not sure of what to say, and then everyone would start laughing and the whole experience was just so much fun. Also, it was the moment when I got so much encouragement and support to believe in myself, and I think that process gave me the confidence and mental strength to push forward in tough times. I had always been a pessimist, but that process gave me a completely different perspective on life. Now I look at challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles.
What kind of advice would you give children and youth from Kilifi County?
To work hard and make the best of every opportunity available. Above all, have fun at every moment in life.
What kind of advise would you give Kesho?
To keep looking for more opportunities outside of Kenya for students. Living and studying in a different continent or country provides a very unique experience that cannot be obtained anywhere in one’s home country.
What are your plans after you finish university?
I plan to work here in Canada for about two years, and then go back to school to do an MBA. Afterwards, I would like to come back to Kenya and work there.
Johnston, thank you for this interview. It was good to hear from you and that you are doing well. All the best and let’s keep in touch.
“It builds their confidence”
Meet Faith and Isaac.
Faith and Isaac have volunteered in the Kesho Literacy Programme for quite a while now. Apart from assisting in various Kesho activities, it is also a great opportunity for them to gain work experience and brilliant way of spending their gap year.
This is what they had to say after concluding term 2 reading activities:
“I have volunteered in the Reading Programme for one term so far but I have seen lots of progress among the children who we engage in one-on-one reading sessions. The book clubs that we run gives them a platform to speak in front of others and it builds their confidence. Through the regular interactions with the children, they gain trust in us and sometimes they share personal information, and this is where we come in to advice and counsel or refer them for help.” (Faith)
“I have been volunteering in the Literacy Programme for more than a year. The one-on-one reading sessions give a very good understanding of a child’s reading ability and how it relates to comprehending of classroom instructions. This helps us to flag children who need extra support in terms of comprehension strategies and individual tutoring. When we meet along the streets, the children never hesitate to shout ‘teacher Isaac’. It is rewarding to support children to become competent passionate readers.” (Isaac)
Faith and Isaac are part of Kesho alumni; they graduated from high school in 2015 and 2014 respectively. Faith will be joining college to study Community Development and Social work while Isaac will join a Teacher’s College.
We thank them for their great work and wish them all the best in their studies!
Volunteers who assist in the Literacy Programme are taken through training on sight words, phonics, high frequency works as well as how to write good compositions. That gives them the technical background of the reading sessions as well as conducting the book clubs.