Joseph and James are part of a one-year Government volunteer programme called ‘Greatness United’. They were posted to Petanguo Primary School in Ganze. The Focus of the project is to support children in class 2 and 3 with dire reading difficulties. Though a challenging task, (Ganze is a drought affected area and many of the children come to school hungry) they are passionate about their work.
It is at Petanguo Primary School where they got to know about Kesho Kenya and offered to volunteer during School Holidays to gain more experience. It may be surprising that they chose to volunteer in the Education sector considering that their professional backgrounds are Political Science and Entrepreneurship.
Joseph aspires a career in the Child Protection sector. He sees it as key to understand children, their different backgrounds and other aspects protecting children. “I love working with children; they are a source of joy and fun”, says the father of a three year old girl.
Joseph assisting during crafts day
Part of ‘Greatness United’ is also community work where James gets the chance to mentor parents in small business management. “It is my first interaction with young children; I realized that a child can never disappoint you. You can change the level of a child just by mentoring them.”
James administering reading test
Joseph and James are supporting the Basic Education Programme and have been fitting in very well to the Kesho daily life. They enjoy the work with the children and are very hands on when it comes to executing various tasks.
Kesho Kenya depends a lot on volunteers especially during school holiday.
TIME TO SAY ‘THANK YOU’ TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS SUPPORTING US.
Kesho Edutainment started in April this year. Though the group is still very young they can already look back to an amazing journey: Performances at various events, successful attendance of Extravaganza in Malindi ( ‘Hard work pays off’) and kicking off a sensitization & mentorship Programme in two schools (Sunbeam & Sunrise High School) in Kilifi.
Yvonne and Samuel are very active members since inception of Kesho Edutainment Group. Both have discovered their talents very early and have a great passion for acting.
Vyonne,”i feel so good when i act, its just in me”
When I perform I feel very proud because I enjoy showing my talents.
They feel supported by their families for being part of Kesho Edutainment group. However there are also critical voices; questioning why to invest time and energy when you don’t get something out of it.
The group is ambitious and in the process of registering the group. ‘We want to grow and be known in Kilifi.’ ‘It needs a lot of commitment but we see the potential that we can become sustainable at some point.’
The performance itself seems to be the main activity but there is a lot of work before the actual performance happens. The plays are written by the group members. ‘I and another member composed the play that we presented at Extravaganza in Malindi where we got awards in different categories.’ That is amazing and obviously the members have not only acting talents. However the group wishes to get support from a director to improve on their performance and to be become competitive.
Samwel writing a script on Edutainment
‘Last year I volunteered at Kesho and that is how I got to know about the Edutainment group.’ Yvonne currently pursues a diploma in ECD. Samuel is an active Red Cross volunteer and got to know about Kesho Edutainment through a friend.
Kesho supports Edutainment group in various aspects. ‘Through Kesho we got the chance to attend a TOT training on Sexual Reproductive Health and we facilitated leadership training for Kesho primary school pupils. Kesho’s support is not only ‘practical’ but they also encourage us to have a vision for our group.
It is encouraging and rewarding to walk with Kesho Edutainment group and to listen how passionate the members are about what they do.
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