In January 2019, the Kenyan government completely rewrote the curriculum for the lower primary years. This meant a whole new set of textbooks to teach the new curriculum, which includes new subjects in the creative arts. Thanks to our supporters, we have now been able to fund the purchase of these new textbooks.
The crisis and the appeal
When the government updated the curriculum, it left the school at Future Stars without any textbooks suitable for teaching the new syllabus. This affected the pre-school and the lower primary classes (classes 1-3), leaving the teachers struggling to plan and deliver appropriate lessons. You can read more here.
In March, we launched an appeal to raise £550 with which to purchase new, up-to-date textbooks and teachers’ guides plus copies of the new syllabus.
During the Easter holiday, the new textbooks were ordered from a bookseller within Kibera. By purchasing within the slum, Chaffinch funds can support the employment of local people.
The new textbooks were soon delivered to the Future Stars school to the delight of teachers and pupils alike.
The books are colourful and attractive, encouraging young children in their first years of education.
Equipping the classrooms
Each of the classes (Pre-primary 1 through to class 3) now has a full set of textbooks supporting the new curriculum.
In addition, there were enough funds remaining to provide some more classroom essentials. These comprise boxes of chalk, coloured crayons, cellotape, coloured paper for wall posters, and a board ruler.
Huge thanks go out to everyone who supported this appeal. The children of Future Stars now have the opportunity to learn the content of the new curriculum, giving them greater equality with children from more affluent backgrounds. These children are now one step closer to gaining a quality education that can lead them out of the extreme poverty into which they were born.