Money raised by The Lottery Centre helps to build a better future
The Akili School project in Nairobi, Kenya
22 January 2013 — Plans have been announced for the further development of a The Lottery Centre sponsored school in Africa's largest slum. The Lottery Centre has provided much-needed financial support to facilitate both the construction and staffing of the Akili School, and has pledged to continue this support well into 2013.
The slum of Kibera is located in Nairobi, Kenya and covers a vast 1.5 square miles. The Kenyan government does not officially acknowledge the existence of slums and as a result there are no government-run schools for the children living in these areas to attend. In an attempt to provide these children with an education, parents and volunteers have established informal schools. Historically these schools have very poor conditions and an incredibly low standard of teaching. Before help arrived, the Akili School was no different.
Situated near a railway line in Kibera, the original school consisted of only 2 small buildings which housed a total of 8 classrooms. Children sat on the floor and learning materials were scarce. In 2010, when the Kenyan government decided to demolish all buildings in close proximity to railway lines due to regular train derailments, the Akili School fell into this category and was marked for closure.
Fortunately, an American sponsor secured a new building to relocate the school, but a lot of work was required. It was at this point that The Lottery Centre became involved. The new building consisted of 10 houses requiring conversion; walls, floors and roofs were repaired to protect against heavy rain. A kitchen was built including a stove on which meals could be prepared for the children — often the only substantial meal these children would receive each day. The classrooms were fitted with locally-made furniture, blackboards and learning materials, plus toilets and electricity were implemented.
The Lottery Centre has since provided funding to pay half of the salaries of all teachers at the Akili School, whilst other charitable organisations support the project in different ways. For example, 'Feed the Children' supplies all of the food for the children's lunches. In October 2012 a new headteacher was appointed, along with a deputy headteacher to improve the quality of teaching at the school. The number of children in attendance has increased from 160 to 240 and with the help of The Lottery Centre, a concise action plan has been created for 2013 in order to ensure that these 240 children receive the best possible education in the most hospitable environment.
On the agenda for this year is the creation of a new classroom and location for exams to take place, the provision of extra school books and learning materials, the establishment of a microcredit program aimed at helping the parents of those children in the poorest circumstances, along with a dedicated program to help all children experience a successful transition to secondary school.
Children at the Akili School have hopes for the future. One 12-year-old pupil at the school is Clinton; he dreams of becoming a pilot, his family's circumstances are very poor and the meal he receives at the school is his only decent meal of the day. Sarah is 13 and hopes to become an optician in Kibera helping people with poor sight. Currently, there is no such help available to those living in the slum. With support from organisations such as The Lottery Centre, these hopes can become reality.
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