The schools which we have adopted are located in Ol Joro Orok/Nyahururu, in Nyandarua District, Kenya.
Kenyan School Calendar
- In School- September and October
- On Break-November and December
- In School- January, February, March and the first week of April
- On Break- last 3 weeks of April
- In School- May, June, July and the first week of August
- On Break- last 3 weeks of August
This is a rural part of the country. They grow maize, corn, potatoes, peas coffee and raise dairy cattle in the district.
Kenyan Education Facts
- In Kenya there is no specialization implying that any primary school teacher can teach any subject in any grade.
- In Kenya, there are six core subjects and 2 compositions which are: English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Christian Religious Education and English composition, Kiswahili composition. These subjects are tested at the end of year for one to graduate to the next Grade.
The Government recommends a textbook-pupil ratio of 1:2. Currently some of our schools have a of ratio 1:4.
Once the text books are in the school, they are supposed to be properly covered and well maintained to last a minimum of 4 years.
For student notebooks, the Government recommendations per year:
- Grades: 1-5 = 16 books/student of 64pages.
- Grades: 6-8 = 16 books/student of 120pages.
- Each subject including the 2 compositions require 2 notebooks per year.
- Required desk-pupil ratio is 1:2 students.
- Some of our adopted schools have a current ratio is 1:3 students.
How much things cost in Kenya
Kenyan currency is called the Kenyan Shilling (KSh or KES). To illustrate the value of the Shilling, if the current exchange rate is 1 KES = 0.012 CAD (data from April 2012):
A tray of 30 eggs will cost 500 KES in Kenya, the equivalent of $6.00 CAD (500 KES x 0.012 CAD/KED).
The cost of:
Everyday items ...
- a litre of gas: Regular - 120.5 KES/L (1.45 CAD/L)
- tray of 30 eggs: 500 KES (6.00 CAD)
- a loaf of bread: 35 KES (0.42 CAD)
- a music CD: 50 KES (0.60 CAD)
- a pair of new running shoes: 4 000 KES (48.00 CAD)
- a pair of kid’s jeans: New - 1,000 KES (12.00 CAD) , Used 500 KES (6.00 CAD)
|One box 80 junior ruled notebooks
|One box 80 senior ruled notebooks
|One package 160 HB pencils
|One package 160 erasers
|One class set 40 Math. texts
|One class set 40 English texts
Compliments of: John Kariuki - Head Teacher of Kanguo Primary School, Ol Joro Orok, Kenya