The main speaker was Eunice Achieng an alumni of KCA UNIVERSITY who was assisted by Elisha Mwango a third year student at KENYATTA UNIVERSITY. Eunice Achieng taught that, • Those who had talents, whichever it was e.g. singing should not hesitate pursuing it because singing took her places. • She told the pupils to appreciate and utilize the little resources they had and use it to get what they want. • She said that they should not discourage others and not allow anyone discourage and hinder them from their set objectives in life. • With or without the resources one could achieve and make it in life
Eunice Achieng mentoring the pupils at Stara Rescue Centre When Elisha Mwango started teaching He brain stormed the pupils mind by asking the pupils the reasons as to why they were in school The students said that they were in school to, I. Learn II. Be educated III. To have a better future IV. Acquire skills V. Stop idleness He reminded the pupils that the way to success was entirely laid on hard work and discipline He said that nothing was difficult to achieve because everything depends on attitude and mind setting. One has to have positive mind and attitude He said that one had to know their weak areas and try as hard as they could to improve on them He told the children that failure to plan was planning to fail and advised them to make daily timetable and try as hard as they could to stick to them Guidance and counselling teacher and fellow pupils were the persons who could help the pupils whenever they had personal problems He told them that in everything a person does he or she had to put God the almighty first A good pupil should choose good friends who they would benefit from them and improve academically He said that hard work was accompanied by smart studies Elisha gave the pupils the best formula to study i.e. RERUTA which means Read Reread Understand and finally Answer
Elisha Mwango answering to a question from a pupil at Stara Rescue Centre When question was asked Wycliffe Ragot answered that for a student not to panic during examination.
Wycliffe Ragot answering to a question from a pupil. He or she had to discover the areas of weakness A good pupil had to read ahead of the teacher A class had to form discussion groups consisting of 2 to 3 pupils One had to have passion on whatever they do And more so one had to set objectives in life
Kibera Informentors Team and some pupils pose for a photo after the session
Today (March 31st 2012) we had a surprise guest, Mr. Jim Graves! Mr. Graves is a technical trainer for Meridium, and an american visiting Kenya for the first time. (He also happens to be the father of one of the Kibera Informentors co-founding members, Betsy L. Graves.)
Mr. Graves spoke to the class 7 & 8 students at Adventure Primary school about his work experiences in the United States and abroad. In particular, he emphasized the importance of having passion and pursuing the career of your choice. He also discussed the value of gaining work experience in dynamic ways, and how “working for free” (volunteering, interning, etc) can actually pay off in the long run and give students a avluable opportunity to develop professional skills. Lastly, he encouraged the students to use the technological resources around them, particularly in terms of computers, mobile devices, and the internet, which allows people to access information and connect with others in a new and dynamic way that did not always exist for students and job-seekers alike.
Mr. Graves also answered questions about his work experiences in various fields, about life in the United States, and technology in general; the students at the primary school also had an opportunity to help him learn a few words of conversational swahili (“mwalimu”, “asante”, etc). All in all, it was an exciting day and a memorable lesson about one of the most important things in life — to live with passion!
Today (March 24th 2012) we visited Adventure Primary School and were honoured to have Fiona as our guest speaker! Fiona is an engineer with East African Breweries Ltd., and she had a fantastic presentation to offer to the class 7 & 8 students at Adventure Primary. In particular, she shared her experiences of what it was like to be an engineer (particularly as a woman), and what it had been like for her as a student when she was preparing for her career. She also discussed ways that students can prepare for a career in engineering, and encouraged them to do well in their studies so that they will be able to have options and pursue the career field of their choice.
For the rest of the photos, please check the “photo gallery” section of our page. Asante!
This Saturday (March 17th 2012) we were excited to have Mr. Kennet B Soundland as our KI Guest Speaker. Kennet is a musician, spoken-word artist/poet, and an involved community activist (you can see his full bio on our “guest speakers biographies” page), and he had a very dynamic presentation. He shared several pieces of spoken word poetry, and the kids at Ushirika Primary were very engaged in the presentation! He also encouraged students to work hard in school, make wise decisions, but be willing to pursue their interests in art and other fields. It was a blast to have Kennet with us, thank you so much for your time and inspiration!
For the photos and audio/video clips from the presentation, please visit our “photo gallery” section.
Today(March 3rd 2012) we held a KI session at St. John II Secondary School and were honored to have Ms. Patience Nyenge as our guest speaker!
Patience is a journalist, and has many years of experience in both print and broadcast journalism. She brought a great deal of energy and experience to the presentation, and encouraged students to pursue the career paths for which they held passion and interest. She also noted that where you grow up doesn’t have to define you, and that particularly kids from Kibera have a lot to offer both to Kenya and the rest of the world. In fact, the point was raised that sometimes not many other people know much about the experience of day-to-day life in Kibera, and so it was pointed out that this is one area where students could use their life experiences to help inform others and share details about the “good” things about Kibera. Patience gave a fantastic presentation, and also answered questions about journalism, what it was like to be a female journalist, and what students could do in order to gain experience with reporting or become a journalist.
We were also excited to have Patience’s friend from Norway, Lisa, join us for the presentation! Lisa has spent time in Kenya before and had a fantastic perspective to offer, and we were glad to have her with us for the session. The kids were also excited to meet visitors from another country; overall, it was a great session!
Today (February 18th 2012) the Kibera Informentors team visited our first secondary school, Mashimoni Quarters Secondary School. We met with form 1-4 students for about an hour or so and introduced the KI program.
In particular, after discussing definitions of leadership and mentorship, we asked all of the students to write down their top 2-3 career choices and hand them in. The responses were incredible and included career fields that we had not heard kids mention much before; while reading the submissions, you could really tell the passion and interest that the students had for their future career choices. We really look forward to working with this group through Kibera Informentors!
No school visit today (February 111th 2012); instead, we held a team meeting to review the agenda from the first month of Kibera Informentors activities and also discuss plans for upcoming programs.
In particular, we had an opportunity to share our thoughts on key organizational factors, such as group registration, designing the official logo, formalization of the wording for the mission statement and other descriptive articles, as well as the assignment of responsibilities and roles within the team, delegation of upcoming tasks, schedule for school visitings and programs, and other related topics. The meeting went well and members did a great job of communicating and sharing their views – it makes one grateful to have such a strong team, and we look forward to combining our skills and abilities to better serve the surrounding Kibera community