Posted by: David Omondi
Students using computers
Quality education is at the core of our programming. we endevor to do this through hiring of qualified teachers and build their capacity to improve the quality of instruction for our girls.
With your support and about GBP 3000 and AUD $ 3000 from Hilden CHaritable Trust Uk and Sunflower Foundation Ngo Australia, we have managed to hire 2 new qualified teachers, a computer instructor and a sports coach to ensure that our girls get quality education.
This year, we had 44 girls in boarding school and about 61 girls in day school. We are admitting 15 more girls in January 2018 as we expand to 6th grade.
The girls have not done any national exams with other schools. Such exams will be done next year when they join sixth grade and start joint mocks at both the zone and district level. we will keep you posted.
In the internal exams they sat for, 70% of the girls scored 350 marks out of possible 500 and this is a big improvement considering that most of the girls scored below 250 out 500 marks when they joined Akili School.
We also introduced a number of enrichment programs to develop the girls into all round students. This is a break from the traditional rote memorization and over emphasis on exam based teaching.
Such programs include computer skills training where all the Girls at the boarding school participate in and learn basic programming and coding, sustainability education which teaches the girls farming practices based on permaculture to grow enough food to sustain Akili School, sports program which teaches them team work, cooperation and build their self confidence, smart girl program which builds their self esteem by counseling and sanitary pads distribution to allow them go through their periods with dignity, debate club, literacy club among others.
We have maintained our teacher to students ratio at 1:15 to allow one on one interaction of students and the teachers and improve quality of education at Akili School.
High cost of living necessitated by drought really affected our operations. Maintaining the girls at the two campus proved quite a challenge.
We look forward to continue to partner with you to raise the much needed funds to support our staff.
Akili teachers and students
Posted by: David Omondi
“My school looks smart and it is big. First we have green vegetables and green trees in our school. We also have classroom block, kitchen and dorms. In our school we like watering the plants like mango trees and oranges. We drink clean water and bath with clean water. In our school we always use water carefully we don’t waste water like those who don’t use common sense." says Jovlet when asked about her school.
Jovlet is 9 years old and in 4th grade, this being her 2nd year since she joined Akili Girls Boarding School. As a member of Sustain-Akility Club, Jovlet and her friends have learned how to grow their own food to sustain Akili School.
With the help of Akili staff, the girls have reclaimed land from rocky ground at the school and established small garden plots where they grow capsicums, kale, spinach, common night shade, cow piece, tomatoes, beans, sweat potatoes, comfry, lemon grass, mangoes, papaya, oranges, zucchini and water melons.
Last term, 100% of the vegetables used at Akili school were produced by the girls themselves.
The water tanks at the school have ensured that we can harvest rain water which the girls use for drinking, bathing and watering their gardens.
The about 50,000 litres we harvested and stored lasted us almost 3 months. We ran out of water one week to the end of school semester and were forced to close the school and send girls home since we dint have funds to purchase water to support extended stay of the girls. We were lucky hat the girls had just finished their end of term exams and the elections were also around the conner.
We therefore continue to reach out to friends and wellwishers in the hope that one day we will be able to drill a well at the school and provide a permanet solution to our water crisis.
We thank you for your continued support.
Drawing water from the tanks
Riley Orton Foundation
Riley Orton Foundation (ROF) provides holistic education and promotes gender equality in STEM education to ensure girls and a community with the agency to realize their full potential