Solar for education?
Meet Margaret. Margaret is the director of Legacy School in Narok. It is one of the best performing schools in the county. It is also a private school (see here for an interesting article on the rise of private schools in the developing world: econ.st/HueqwX). She worked in the education authority in Narok for 20 years, helping to set up most of the schools in the county, before starting Liberty...
I was lucky enough to spend a day watching the Nairobi Annual drama festival. 27 schools competed for places at the National finals next month. It was incredible! Such talented young students performed a variety of dances, dramas, mimes and narratives. I was glad I didn’t have to choose between them!
Oloikarere Primary feels the power of the sun
When we visited Oloikarere Primary school in Narok county, we had to wait more than two hours for the Headteacher and students to arrive. They had been to a games tournament at a nearby school. When I say nearby, it was 8km away. And they had to walk. So after a day of classes, the students had walked 16km and played sports for several hours. And yet they still managed to give us a wonderfully...
My name is Faith Ikayo, from Ocharro location in Naork County, Kenya. I’ve...– Faith Ikayo on why she bought a solar lamp
Highlights of Education Day for 16 Narok schools
I spent the day with half of the SunnyMoney schools team at an education day for the surrounding schools. The team have spent the last 6 weeks working with schools in Narok county to educate their students about solar power and give them access to safe, cheap, reliable solar products. Here are some photo highlights. Elizabeth telling the students about SunnyMoney and their solar products ...
Photos from Nairobi Sunny Schools →
Have updated the Sunny Schools flickr account with photos from visits to our two pilot schools in Nairobi - check them out!
The climate here is changing. This place, it is so dry. These riverbeds are dry...– Maasai District Education Officer, Narok County, Kenya
The Sunny Schools teachers, Nairobi
Meet our Sunny Schools super-star team! From left to right: Pamela (Westlands), Victor (SolarAid), Lucy (Westlands), Lillian (Ngunyumu), Hannington (Westlands) [NB Justus from Ngunyumu was unable to attend] On Saturday the teachers kindly gave up some of their weekend to meet with Victor and I to discuss the progress of the project and suggested recommendations for improvements. Overall, they...
Sunny Schools shining in Nairobi
Most of last week was spent with schools in Nairobi, learning how Sunny Schools has been implemented in our two pilot schools, speaking to the pupils about their experiences and meeting with the teachers to discuss lessons learnt and future improvements. Wednesday was spent visiting Westlands Primary where teachers Lucy, Pamela and Hannington run an after-school club for up to 50 pupils each...
Inkoirienito Primary School
After a looong and bumpy drive through Maasai land, we reached Inkoirienito Primary, a school with 285 students from classes 3-8. We met with the Senior teacher, Mr Odhiambo. He explained how the school was run, with stakeholders from throughout the school and community involved. The students listen to radio broadcasts each week for different lessons. Mr Odhiambo was keen for us to start selling...
A world of difference
Yesterday we drove through the Rift Valley to visit a Maasai school SolarAid are working with to help their students access solar lights. Our driver had a fantastic hat on - check it out! In case you can’t read it, the hat says: “World of Difference. It starts with me!” It was particularly poignant to see this hat in Kenya as we were lucky enough to have a fantastic World of...
First day in the Nairobi office
Arrived into Nairobi at 9am on Monday after night flight from London. Headed straight to the SolarAid Kenya (SAKY) office. Morning traffic through the city was unbelievable! Spent a few hours planning our field visits to Maasai schools in the Narok region. Some students from NYC Abu Dhabi arrived the same day to meet with Linda, SAKY manager, and plan trip to Narok for the following day.