Global and Community Engagements

Enoomatasiani Girls Secondary School, Kajiado Country - Tuesday 11 th June 2013

Team:

  • Catherine Muya - Biology and Chemistry presentation & related TUK courses
  • Benter Onyango - Mathematics, Physics, ICT and Engineering & related TUK courses
  • Henry Muchura - Other courses (not sciences per se) offered in TUK
  • Juma O. Kagesho - Photo &Video coverage
  • Prof. Dorcas Yole - Introductory speech, Word from VC, academic counsel as per perceived need of the students
  • Njuguna - Driver

Initially Oloolaiser Boys Secondary School in Kajiado County had been selected and contacted, but they cancelled the visit. It was agreed that a Girls’ Secondary School in Kajiado County would be visited instead. Enoomatasiani Girls Secondary School was selected and the Principal, Mrs. Wachira agreed for a visit at a rather short notice. Although the school is situated at a rural Maasai area, the school administration board had worked hard to ensure that the school has most of the things required in a school – power, water, cows for milking and a garden for vegetables etc.

Enoomatasiani Girls Secondary School is in Ngong, inKajido county. It has about 400 girls, some from as far as Garisa. All the girls board. The School has specific times when visitors can address students, which is between 4 and 6pm on Tuesdays. Since this is after classes and most of the Teachers live outside the School compound, only the Career Teacher attended the presentation. The Principal had a Board meeting, so she gave her apologies

The girls were attentive during the presentation. Catherine Muya gave a Power Point presentation on Biology and Chemistry presentation & related TUK courses; Benter Onyango - Mathematics, Physics, ICT and Engineering & related TUK courses and Henry Muchura - Other courses offered in TUK. Because of time constraint, we could only take a few questions. The Girls had some knowledge on the various careers offered. The vicinity of the school to Nairobi has given the girls quite a bit of exposure. Prof. Dorcas Yole challenged theme to break from Maasai tradition of early marriage, and work hard in school. This would enable them to get into institutions of higher learning, where they will be able to develop their careers. It did not matter what backgrounds they came from, they could become very successful in their careers, if they committed themselves to working hard. She told them that if they were financially endowed, they would be able to support their families, and especially their daughters. They agreed that girls are usually more expensive to bring up especially in their teens, and so it is important to have working mothers, who can meet myriad these needs!

The Team presented the letter from DVC – NPL, the hard and soft copy of TUK prospectus and 10 hot plates to both the Career Teacher and the Students. They were very grateful. The Career Teacher said that the Team had actually come to help her, as most of what the Team had presented to the Girls was new to her.