The school began in 2000 initially as a remedial centre. The centre began with seven children and one teacher, and they were hosted in two classes in a school run by catholic brothers of St Charles Lwanga in Gatwekera. The one room remedial class grew into a full class of 25 children by the end of 2000.Towards the end of year a catholic NGO (International Service Volunteers association) which works in kibera decided to support the beginning of a complete formal school .The first 25 children formed the first class after which the school developed gradually. There was no school fees charged since the NGO provided the education freely and whatever the parents contributed was just symbolic. As the school grew there was need for more space to allow future development. Since the school had been operating within another school. the NGO thus searched for another land around the slum . In 2004 it purchased a land where it is currently situated and with the help of well wishers the school was constructed by February 2005. In March 2005 the school was completed and was ready for use. It was officially inaugurated on May 23rd 2005. By then minister for education Prof George Saitoti, the school has eight classes, kitchen , dinning hall ,a theater, and administrative offices.
The pre school section began in 2007. It includes the baby class, the nursery and the pre unit classes. The pre school unit classes were made of iron sheets until 2009 when a permanent block was constructed and inaugurated in March 2010.
The key beneficiaries of the school are the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) from kibera. 96% of the school population came from the kibera slum. The children who join the school are proposed by priests, pastors, catholic congregation (e.g. the sisters of charity) who are in the contact with the poorest of among the poor in the slums
This is the second most important service the school offers to the pupils after education. This is because given the economic hardships in the slum; many cannot afford to have the recommended three meals of the day. As such the school offers porridge at 1.00 o’clock and lunch of every school day .This takes a lager percent of the school budget annually.
The guardians and parents of the children pay 5 percent of the total budget. The school management thus shoulders a great responsibility to solicit funds in order to run the institution. It has established cordial links with well wishers locally and abroad. There are sponsors who dedicate to support some components of he school budget like the stationery, payment of teachers salaries or the school canteen. Since the needs are numerous the school budget always has a deficit to cover
All the teachers are trained from the government or private recognized P1 teachers colleges. They all adhere the strictly to Teachers Service Commission code of regulations. They also keep to quality and standard as recommended by the Ministry of Education. The school tries as much as possible to approximate the Government salary scale and consequently spends a lot of money every budgetary year.
Our Primary school is founded on the acknowledgment of these values:
The first and main good is the very person of the child. However small, he is already a man and must be welcomed, esteemed and guided so that his potentialities may grow, his reason may develop and his freedom be fulfilled.
The vision of reality the school proposes is born of the Christian experience which is at the origin of its foundation and of its activities. From this ensures a criterion of viewing reality in a positive way and of value to the person, in everything that exists and happens both in the personal life and in life of the school? This awareness is in the conscience of the adults and it is offered to the children in the daily proposal of school, through the specific forms, contents and methods chosen.
In our school we recognize the family as the original and primary place of the experience of the child, because in the family the child existentially encounters the criterion with which he has to judge what he sees and then in the primary school he begins to make a first verification of the starting hypotheses he got from the family.
We encourage our pupils to support each other in the school and the community, to work together to achieve common goals, and to convey their thoughts and ideas openly and honestly.
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