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Kenyan school benefits from Tech donation

By on November 30, 2011

Pressglue.com founder Jonathan Farber (centre) donating digital news technology and services to Egerton Primary School in Kenya

The visit was part of a partnership programme launched five years ago, following the Knutsford school’s discovery of an African Egerton School in Njoro. Both schools were founded by the Egerton family, the first for children on the family’s home ground in Cheshire and the second for children of workers on Maurice Egerton’s Kenyan estate. This partnership between the two schools has become an integral and extremely valuable part of school life both in Knutsford and in Njoro.

“The shared Egerton legacy gives the children of both schools a close connection that really helps teachers put teaching and learning into a global context,” explains Knutsford head, Alison Hooper. “It makes such a difference when you can show how international issues relate to real people that the children know. As an example, we recently reflected in assem- bly on the fact that the Kenyan Year 8 children were sitting exams and that those who did not pass would have to leave school at the age of 14. These discussions are really helping our children to think critically about the world around them and to develop an understanding of what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st century.”

The value of the partnership between the two schools was quickly recognised by both the Department for International Development and the British Council, who each provided funding to expand the programme and create further partnerships.Leading the project for their respective Local Authorities, Alison Hooper and her Kenyan counterpart, Njoro head Florence Kimani, have now created a total of 34 Global School Partnerships involving more than 10,000 children.

Active demonstration with Florence Kimani and Jonathan Farber

During their stay, the Kenyan delegates took part in a one day conference facilitated by the British Council and then went on to visit the 14 East Cheshire schools who have joined the programme this year.

The programme works both ways, with teachers from East Cheshire schools visiting schools in the Njoro and Nakuru regions of Kenya. They return with new insights into the challenges of teaching with no electricity, no paints, no colouring pencils, and very few books.

At the end of the visit, Florence Kimani, head of the Njoro Egerton School, was presented with three laptop computers, a Digital SLR camera and a digital dictaphone to take back to Kenya. These were donated – along with a free online publishing account – by pressglue, the social newscasting service.

Pressglue.com is committed to supporting educators and community groups worldwide, and this will be the first in a series of similar gifts to schools in developing countries.

Main photo from Left to right
Wilda Motori – Njoro District Quality assurance Standards Officer
Beatrice Adu – Provincial Director of Education for the Rift Valley
Jonathan Farber – Pressglue.com Founder
Florence Kimani – Headteacher of Egerton Primary in Njoro, Kenya
Alison Hooper – Headteacher of Egerton Primary in Knutsford, Cheshire
Benson Njoroge – Headteacher of Kisulisuli Primary – linked to Daven Primary

Photo (C)2011 Nick Jones – The Knutsford Guardian

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