Latest from Mombasa
News of the best ever results from Unity School has just arrived.
The following is from School Manager, Mr Norbert Were:
Once again as Unity Freretown Nursery and Primary School, Mombasa, we wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the parents and stakeholders for the great support you’ve accorded us.. The performance of KCPE class of 2021 is exemplary. The registered number of candidates was 31..The top candidate managed to attain a staggering 411(A) out of the possible 500 marks. This wasn’t an easy fete and we can’t hesitate to extend our bountiful accolades.. It is noteworthy to mention that 28 candidates managed to attain the enviable marks of 300 and above. The remaining 3 candidates scored between 250 and 299 marks. Our class mean score this time round comes 348 (B) marks out of the possible 500 marks For all those who contributed to this meritorious achievement, the Friends Of Mombasa Children, the administration, industrious teachers, our beloved parents, as well as the support staff, we say asante, Thank you so much. Glory to God!
To watch a video made for us. Click here. The video shows recent pictures of our school and the work of our charity.
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.
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.
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”.
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!