KVDA/STV/07B Kabiro School
Work: Painting, teaching pupils at the Primary School, visits to spectacular sites within the Kawangware slums, art work at KITO International that is situated in the project locality, cultural days for various nationalities.
Accomodation and food: Volunteers will be accommodated at the KVDA Residence in Karen and will commute to the project every day. KVDA Residence is situated in the leafy Karen suburb in Nairobi with fully furnished house with electricity and running water. There is also internet connection at the facility. KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals in turns. Tap water is available at the residence with drinking water always boiled or medicated. Furthermore, we invite you to bring typical food, spices, drinks, games and music from your country (for an intercultural evening) – and a lot of motivation!
Location and leisure: The project is situated in Kawangware slums in Nairobi where poverty levels are extremely high.
Project hosted by: Kabiro school was started in 1976 as a community school. As part of Kabiro Human Development Project. The project has a school, Clinic, Youth & Women sections. This was done by an NGO called ICA (Institute of Cultural Affairs). The school was started as a pre-school and centre for adult education. It was the only school of its kind to take care of overage children and any other interested leaner with minimum requirements. Uniform was not even a necessity at the beginning. Due to these exceptional requirements, the school catered for Children from Kawangware, Kangemi, Kibera and any other slum area within Nairobi. By then admission requirements for joining City Council schools were high and expensive. The school was made of timber walls and iron-sheet roofs. One big hall was built and subdivided using plywood or cartons to make various classes. The most interesting teacher carried the day, distracting the other classes. Teachers who taught in this school had to come from the same community as volunteers. This was due to financial constraints. Salary was not the vocabulary in the school. A teacher would earn by sharing the little that had been sourced. The adult learners had left after knowing how to read, write and do applicable mathematics. By 1982 the Std 7 did a national exam – CPE (Certificate of Primary Education). The curriculum changed and the school did a new national examination in 1985 called the Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) for Std 8. We have continued doing the Primary school national exams to date. ICA pulled out in 1984 and left the school for the community. The school is therefore run by a board. The school was bought a 2-acre plot on which it stands. The title deed has four trustees to ensure it is safe. The board has members from the school, Clinic, youth and women representatives. These members are in – charge of the welfare of the project at large. The school is officially registered by the ministry of education. We are teaching a full 8-4-4 system. In 2004 we started a secondary school (The form four students are also doing their national exam – KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education). For now, Kabiro School caters for children from ECD (Early Childhood Education) to form four. All our students are very competitive and this has kept us admitting more students. Despite the many mushrooming schools, we have survived due to hard work and production of children who succeed in life on a higher percentage. The teachers are of varied qualifications ranging from degree holders to untrained teachers. Our competence, patience and humility has kept the school going despite the many hardships.
Meeting point: International arrivals terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the time will be determined by the flight details from the volunteers
Additional comments: THEME: Combating homelessness through social enterprise. In Kawangware slums; volunteers will work with KITO International which is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to getting youth off the streets and out of poverty. Inspired and founded by a former street boy, KITO combats homelessness by providing economic opportunities. KITO trains youth in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, employability skills, and life skills. After 2 months of intensive training, KITO youth are temporarily employed with KITO’s social enterprise, EcoSafi, in order to gain hands-on experience in a formal employment setting. KITO staff and supporters also seek opportunities to link KITO youth to mentorships, internship, or apprenticeships in and around the community in order to expand the youth’s knowledge and confidence in order to set them on the path towards self-sufficiency. KITO is dedicated to the success of each and every youth that walks through its doors and customizes each youth’s exit strategy to ensure their continued success and growth. Previous KITO graduates have continued their education, secured full-time employment, and started their own business.
Requirements: This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag and mat, toiletries, torch/flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your country, among others