Kakamega


Solar Energy: A sunny solution to boarding school blackouts

Anyone who has spent any time in Kenya knows that power cuts are frequent and disruptive. The effects of  these outages are particularly dire in boarding schools, where students are plunged into darkness every time there is a power cut, severely inhibiting their ability to revise or do their homework outside of daylight hours (7am to 7pm). The cuts are unpredictable and can last several hours or even days.




Organisation is Key

The issue faced by St Mary’s was not predominantly a lack of resources (although, of course, both the library and laboratory are still in need of more resources), but rather an inefficient use of what the school already had at its disposal. Through the use of shelving over boxes for storage, resources are now stored in the open rather than out of sight. This facilitates easier access to resources and students can make more of what their school has to offer them.


Is it truly the ‘Death of the Boy Child’ ?

Prior to arriving in Kenya my understanding of gender within Kenyan society was simplistic to say the least; having viewed Kenya as a country still under development, I presumed that gender parity would be a distant reality and that women in the country would face an uphill battle in achieving gender equality. This impression was only compounded by some of the advice I came across before traveling, advising girls to cover their shoulders and recommending they wear skirts instead of trousers.