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Exciting News!

We’re thrilled to share that the KPSEA Exam (for Grade 6)results are out! Our amazing learners have truly outdone themselves, and they deserve a big round of applause for their exceptional performance!
A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated teachers and Friends of Mombasa children who guided and supported these pupils together throughout the journey. Ensuring they had hot meals for their lunch, health care whenever they fell sick which enabled them to come back in good time and learning materials. We also thank our parents for their input.

Let’s celebrate this achievement together! Please join us in congratulating our outstanding Grade Sevens, who sat their National Exams with The last Standard Eight in Kenya. Their exams didn’t have multiple choices like the faced out 8:4:4 curriculum. 32 pupils managed several Exceeding Expectations level which is equivalent to A or Distinction. 4 pupils managed Meeting Expectations, equivalent to B or Credit and 1 pupils got Approaching Expectations equivalent to C or Pass and 1 pupil who is a special case got Below Expectations. The CBC curriculum has picked very well. Thanks to you all. We expect more exciting news this year. God bless

Best regards
Unity School Management

 

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  New Classrooms –  The good news and the not so good news:

 

The next paragraph was written earlier in the Summer when the construction of 5 new classrooms was, apparently going well.  Unfortunately a major sponsor pulled out, leaving us with only three new rooms.   This was further compounded by a visit from the Health Authority who condemned the two older rooms used by the Nursery children.    On a positive note, funding for the science lab and music room has been going well.  Clearly our support of Unity School is needed more that ever.

With increased student numbers and the need to provide a library, science lab and provision for IT  we urgently require more classroom space. Fortunately the classroom block has space for 5 rooms on the upper floor.

After discussions with our contractor, five rooms were planned.  The cost to the charity is £8000 each for three classrooms.  We were expecting two more to be paid for  by a generous well wisher. Unfortunately this did not happen and we need to raise more funds to complete the project.  One of the rooms needs to be fitted out as Science Laboratory.  Another will be a music room.  A third will be a Library with IT facilities

Now we need your help in raising the money to pay for three rooms.  Please follow the link below  for more information and how to donate.

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Successful Examination Results

 

After three years of disrupted education our Standard Eight Students achieved high marks.

From Nobert Were (School Manager):

Once again our STD 8 made us proud. Thanks so much for all your help. Without you we couldn’t have achieved these standards. We were placed in the 13th position (out of over 100 schools) this time round.  Still we have trounced big schools that have existed for so many years and very experienced. The officials who came recognized our hard work and this too earned us lots of points during their inspection. Grade 6 results are out with some anomalies. But very impressive results. Most of them had distinctions in most subjects.

 

A new education system in Kenya

 

January 2023 saw the implementation  of the new system of education in Kenya. It is called the 2-6-6-3 system although the words used are not always consistent  and both the “6’s” are subdivided.  Since 1985 Primary schools have taken pupils from the age of 5 until 14.   The new system is a little more like the one we are used to in the UK., with a change at the age of 11 years.

Our own school (Previously Unity Freretown Nursery and Primary) now becomes Unity Freretown   Junior and Primary ,  And also  Unity Freretown Lower Secondary School. The two schools have their own Headteacher and Uniform.     Not all was plain sailing:

 

In December the Kenyan Government announced that all Junior Schools would be required to take the ‘lower secondary’ classes. This caused several problems for us and Unity School.  A building adjacent to Unity School became available for renting, and after some last minute and very much appreciated financial support from some of our supporters, we were able to help the Unity School Management to secure these rooms.  Desks, school uniforms and other equipment for the lower secondary was secured during the Christmas break in readiness for January 2023.  After a very thorough inspection the Kenyan Ministry of Education have given Unity School the go ahead to host the lower secondary pupils.  Further meetings have been arranged for all school directors and headteachers  so this will not be the final story!

More information on the new system is to be reported in the February Newsletter and on the website under “Our School”.

 

To watch a video made for us.   Click here.    The video shows recent pictures of our school and the work of our charity.

 

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Celebrating the success of two of our former pupils.

We are very proud to announce that William and Silas have both graduated with Second Class Honours in Criminology.  Both have been with us since their early days in Primary School.  Having performed well in the KCPE when they were 14 years old, they have been sponsored through secondary school and University.

Graduation Day

Dressed for the ceremony

   

 Delayed Exams for Standard 8 students get underway.

This week sees the examinations that should have been sat in November taking place.  The school is closed to all but the Head teacher and the candidates. The Government provides a schedule of teachers from other schools to supervise the exams together with armed guards. (Some of our teachers are sent to nearby schools in return).   Spare a thought for the Head Teacher who has to collect the papers every morning from an office in Mombasa and is then escorted to school by an armed guard.  The reverse process happens every evening. 

 

 

 

 

 

Classroom 3

School inspectors visited Unity as part of the process of checking that schools were “Covid ready” for pupils to return.  They expressed their concern that classroom 3 was in a bad state of repair.  When the builders began repair work, it all fell down!   Rebuilding started from scratch.  Some of the other older classrooms have been smartened up with a lick of paint. One more classroom is awaiting rebuilding – If you can donate towards the cost of rebuilding, please go to “Support Us”.

 

Pupils return to school

 The first students return to school; Covid safe, of course.  Face masks, socially distanced desks in class and new handwashing facilities outside every classroom. 

 

 

School to reopen for students

 At the beginning of October the Government of Kenya announced that, subject to precautions, schools could re-admit pupils in grade 4 and standard 8 (10 and 14 Year olds).  Some of our Secondary school students were also to be allowed back. Just as the school started to prepare for the return of two classes, the government further announced that in 2 weeks time the rest of our pupils could return.   An appeal was launched to provide equipment, re-employ teachers, and generally make the school covid safe,  

 

 

Latest report from our School Manager, Mr Norbert Werre

Corona virus came with tremendous challenges that affected our school greatly.  This caught us unaware and in consultation with FOMC trustees we came up with ways of mitigating the challenges.  We have consulted with parents requesting their help in providing paper packs of assignments for the pupils (very few parents have internet access).  Some parents are able to give some financial help and we are grateful to FOMC for their financial help.    In addition, with their help, we are able to support those families in desperate need with a food parcel each month.  Our medical aid is continuing at least for the next few months, and we are looking at ways of whether any local Rotary could support us.  We are very thankful that we have access to the internet at the school and can keep in communication with FOMC.  Their support has kept our spirits up.  

Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic at Unity School

 
The Government of Kenya responded to the Covid-19 crisis by closing all schools and restricting movement. The Trustees of Friends of the Mombasa Children appealed for help to support teachers and Families during this period of uncertainty.  The response was so good that we have been able to provide an emergency medical programme and supply very basic food to our poorest families.  The medical programme arranged with Dr Luke Odiero will now cover malaria, minor accidents, fever, coughs, and other mild sicknesses.  We original hoped to provide a package of basic food supplies for about 10 of our poorest families – bearing in mind that many parents working in low paid jobs in the tourist industry have found themselves out of work. However, the senior staff at Unity have managed to stretch the money available to 32 families!  To help us continue this support we will need your help.  We are told that there are 51 families at serious risk and how long the crisis will last is an unknown quantity.    Head Teacher, Mary Obara and School manager, Norbert Were handing over maize flour, cooking oil, rice, sugar and soap. Oh – and Yes, we have suggested that next time they might observe social distancing by doing this outside, apparently it was raining hard when this family arrived!  

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