Last post I said that this week I was going to write more about the planning meeting for the Log Academy School of Kisii, but I have to say—my heart just is not in it. It seems a bit of an irrelevant discussion at the moment.
Never in my life has so many of my thoughts of the day turned to food—not what can I eat and what do I like to eat, but will my orphans have food today?
But the school discussion does enter into all of this, because we are presently also trying to pay off our school debt. We have had to divide the money between that and buying food, resulting in some days during every week without food to eat.
Nevertheless, in order to fulfill what I said last week that I would do, I give the following taken from the minutes of the meeting that was sent to me. I will begin at point 6 of the discussion. This point sums up the requirements. You can see that it is kind of a big deal:
6. HOW TO START THE SCHOOL
In consultation with the government through the ministry of Education, which is responsible for registration of schools.
The ministry also issues the education policies governing the school.
Some of the policies include:
1. The school must be registered and recognized by the ministry of
Education ( registration fee we are waiting for the feedback from the
2. The school must be managed by B.O.M (Board of management)
3. The school must be run by trained, qualified and registered teachers by TSC.
4. The school most offer the service in accordance with the government’s policies
7. WHAT THE SCHOOL REQUIRES
The following are very vital in the school
(1) FACILITIES I.E
A sizeable land that can accommodate structures and the field, as by now we have a piece of land where we can erect buildings. The land should also give room for future expansion.
For a primary school, we need at least 11 sizeable classrooms but for the start we can begin with 6 classrooms i.e 3 for pre-school and 3 for lower primary school.
We need at least six offices i.e
Director of education’s office
Head teacher’s office
Deputy head teacher’s office
We need latrines or toilet both for boys and girls
The latrines depend on the nation of boy and girls in the school. The ratio is issued by the ministry of education.
(IV) SCHOOL LIBRARY
The above facility is vital for keeping the curriculum materials learning/teaching resources
(V) COMPUTER LAB
Due to Kenya’s Advance in Education standards and with improved technology, the above structure is crucial for ICT equipments.
(VI) SCHOOL KITCHEN
Because a school is social and learning institution the above structure is important for meals preparations.
2. CURRICULUM MATERIALS/LEARNING RESOURCES
They include the following
(i) Stationery e.g
Text books that are suitable for the current syllabus/curriculum
Exercise books for pupils and teacher’s preparations
Note/quire books/counter books
Felt pens/marker pens
3. CO-CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES
The learners need to grow both mentally and physically. Therefore the following facilities or equipment would help the learners to grow physically fit.
Balls for ballgames
A specious field for athletics
4. SCHOOL UNIFORM
B.O.M to decide the colour and material
5. SCHOOL VAN
can be used to transport materials into the school, e.g. food.
can also be used to take sick people in the school to hospital
can also be used to facilitate the preaching of the gospel e.g. taking members who are far to the church carry church equipment s to the outreaches.We are seeking God to intervene for the start of the school.