Grow their minds
From Under the shade of an old Mango Tree in 2000, to a multi-classroom school, Timboni School now provides education from age 4 years to 11 years under the brand new 2018 class system introduced by the Kenyan government.
Over the two years 2018-2019, the oldest children in the school aged from 12 -16 years, will be moved on to high school or technical school. There are still almost 70 children in this age range of mixed ability, mainly due to missed schooling or a late start.
UTMT supports the new classroom system although there are challenges ahead for both the older age group and at the younger end of the school.
UTMT has provided funding and continues to do so, for 3 nursery teachers. However, under the 2018 changes, nursery is no longer an option. Instead, years have been recatagorised as Pre-Primary 1 and 2, for age 4 and age 5 children. UTMT is supporting the seeking of central funding for Pre-Primary teaching staff now that this age group forms part of the Kenyan formal education system. This will release funds for UTMT to direct into other areas of need at Timboni.
An immediate consequence of the changes has been the promotion of what were nursery stage children in 2017, to Primary 1 children in 2018, based upon their birth age of 6 years. This has resulted in a massive boost to the class size, now standing at close to 70 children.
The challenge for the teachers is to educate these children some of whom have only been in school for a short time, as they will automatically proceed to Primary 2 in January 2019.