Global and Community Engagements

School and Youth Programmes Department

The University intends to establish a strong link with schools so as to be able to expose the school students to a relatively good range of the activities of the institution in order to help the students in their career choices. TUK would also like to take an active role in the promotion of the study of mathematics, computing and science subjects in high schools since the students from such programmes will essentially constitute the bulk of the students that would be joining the college for further studies. Further the University College would like to use her students to be involved with the wider spectrum of the youth of this country in mentorship programmes, in order to inculcate exemplary values in the youth of this country. It is envisaged that this section shall be responsible for the spearheading of such programmes.

The School and Youth Programmes Department aimed to tackle two areas in the Academic year 2011-2012:

Demystifying Science

The Scientific Subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Physics, Chemistry and Biology are key to analytical thinking and innovation. Many Secondary/High School students have phobia for these subjects, leading to poor performance. It is important to demystify these subjects, and help students understand that they are doable. In addition, KPUC puts a great emphasis on these subjects.

The Lecturers together with the Director COP and KPUC media prepared power point presentations on: (1) Demystifying science -Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer and (2) Courses offered in Kenya Polytechnic. All the lecturers were sharpened on presentation skills.

Sensitization to KPUC Programmes (KPUC Sensitization)

Many students are not aware of what KPUC offers in its certificate, Diploma and Degree courses. It is therefore important to inform students, while still in school. This will help them make appropriate decision, and in the process, we will also be marketing KPUC

School and Youth Programmes

Maranda Boys High School, Siaya County - Friday 10 th July 2013

Team:

  • DVC – NPL, Prof. Suki Mwendwa – VC’s message, Science in Innovation & Technology
  • Benter Onyango - Biology presentation & related TUK courses
  • Mwanza Kimei - Chemistry presentation & related TUK courses
  • Esther Njue - Mathematics presentation & related TUK courses
  • Sam Njuki - Physics, ICT and Engineering & related TUK courses
  • Joyce Asuke - Other courses (not sciences per se) offered in TUK
  • Juma O. Kagesho - Photo &Video coverage
  • Prof. Dorcas Yole (AC0362, Director, COP) - Introductory speech, Word from VC, academic counsel as per perceived need of the students
  • Juma & Gathogo – Drivers

Maranda Boys is in Bondo, in Siaya county. It has about 1,800 boys. Maranda was selected in 2011 – 2012 financial year because it was the top school in 2011, with a mean grade of B+. The COP Team was honoured to be accompanied by DVC-TLS on this trip. All the Team members spent Thursday night at Bondo, except DVC-TLS who had duties to attend to on Thursday.

On Friday morning, part of the team left earlier to set up equipment etc in the school. They were amazed by the silence in the compound although there were so many boys around. The Principal,

Mr. Boaz Owino received the Team very well in his office. He gave them information about the school, students and staff. The Team then started setting up for the presentation. It was at this time, that it made sense why the Principal had requested for an amplifier, a projector screen and a laptop. The boys were so many they could not fit in a hall. They brought chairs and sat in a middle court with many indigenous shade trees. Although they had a public address system, they did not have a projector screen. It was good TUK had bought them a large screen. The team tied the screen on the trees. The boys assisted by climbing up and fixing it on high branches with ropes and sisal. Twice during the presentation, the wind almost brought the screen down but it was secured further. Although there was quite some light because the presentation was outdoors, the boys could still follow the presentations on the screen. The Team had found that in the schools where presentations are projected, the students are more attentive, as they are curious to see the next picture on the screen (the presentations have fascinating pictures!).

It had been agreed that the School would not be informed that the DVC-NPL was attending the function, as this would distracted the attention from the ‘Demystifying Science’ presentation. They only learnt of her presence during introduction! After the introduction, the DVC-NPL, Professor Suki Mwendwa gave the VC’s message. The VC congratulated the school for their excellent performance. He was happy to be associated with a school which had produced scholars and eminent personalities. The DVC-NPL congratulated the school for its sterling performance. She challenged the students to embrace other disciplines, so that they could be well-rounded. Hands-on knowledge, like what TUK offered, was vital in human resource development, as it created skilled manpower. This would lead to enhanced industrial productivity and improved quality of life.

The Lecturers gave their presentation on “Demystifying Science”. Benter Onyango - Biology presentation & related TUK courses; Mwanza Kimei - Chemistry presentation & related TUK courses; Esther Njue - Mathematics presentation & related TUK courses; Sam Njuki - Physics, ICT and Engineering & related TUK courses and Joyce Asuke - Other courses offered in TUK. The presentations were received well. Gakesho (media) challenged the students to pursue their dreams. Lucy (Editor) told the students about her work. Students were given an opportunity to ask questions. Since they were many, they were requested to write down questions. The students asked many questions on careers, subjects, studying methods etc. The entire Team and the DVC responded to the questions. Prof. Dorcas Yole built her address on a question the students had asked. They wanted to know if they should take a break in between reading. She explained to them that for their brains to function properly, they needed oxygen. Since the brain blood vessels were tiny, exercising would cause fresh oxygenated blood to flow to their brains. She also told them that they had to understand the subject matter by reading and understanding their textbooks and notes. For Physics and Mathematics, they were supposed to do many exercises. The best thing was to revise a subject on the material day it was taught, when they could “still see” the Teacher teaching. Thorough knowledge of the subject was more superior than working on questions papers, since clear understanding of the subject would help them tackle an examination question from whatever angle it was asked from.

The DVC-NPL, presented to the Principal the items they had requested for: projector, laptop, projector screen and an amplifier. She also presented them with 10 hot plates, donated by Hot point. The Staff and Students were extremely happy for the donations. She also presented to them the TUK prospectus, both in soft and hard copy, TU newsletter and letter from NPL office. The DVC told the students that the team hoped the equipment would help them in their studies, and that they would be able to achieve good grades.

The Principal, Mr Boaz Owino was very grateful to TUK. He said that this was the first time a University team had visited the school, in the manner that TUK did, although they had universities not far from the school. What had happened previously was for a visit by a VC or Principal to give a talk to the students. He was amazed by the questions the boys asked; he had never thought through many of the things they asked. To him, the question-answer time was very fruitful, both to the students and the staff. As the team had visited during the Teachers’ strike, he was so happy that the Team had engaged the students fruitfully from 10am to 1pm! The School served lunch for the Team and Staff.

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.

Kamunyaka Mixed Secondary School, Nyandarua County - Friday 31 st May 2013

Team:

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

Kamunyaka Mixed Secondary School is in Kinangop, in Nyandarua County. It serves students who come from the area, some who walk long distances. It has about 200 students. This school sobered the COP Team who visited. Although this area received good rainfall, and produces cabbages, carrots, potatoes and the villagers have cows for milk, there are no tarmac roads, making it difficult to transport farm produce, as the roads are impassable during the rainy season. This makes the local people poor. The school was started by Parents, as most of their children had nowhere to go after class 8. One family donated the piece of land, in honour of their late Father. Many of the students in Form 3 and 4 were in their twenties, since after completing their KCPE, there was no Secondary School to go to until Kamunyaka was built. There was no road leading to the school, so the Team had to drive through a field to get to the school – it would have been a disaster if it had rained, since the area has black cotton soil. Despite the fact that there was an electric pole at one corner of their land, they had no money to “drop” power to the school. CDF had given money to construct four nice large stone classrooms. They had just completed constructing a science laboratory using corrugated iron sheets both for the walls and for the roof. The Principal’s office was in the original structure, where they started the school. It was made of logs and mud, and the roof was very low.

Since there was no power, oral presentations were made without the help of projected power point pictures. The Lectures did their best to make the presentation interesting. Catherine Muya gave a talk on Biology and Chemistry & related TUK courses; Dickson Wambaa - Mathematics, Physics, ICT and Engineering & related TUK courses and Grace Gatere – Other courses offered in TUK. Prof. Dorcas Yole applauded the senior students for their courage to join school at a late age. Whatever they would do after Form Four would be positively impacted by their education. She encouraged all the students to take advantage of TUK programmes which gives an option joining the University at certificate or diploma level, in addition to going straight into the degree programme. She challenged the students to look beyond their current situation, and believe they can attain success.

The Principal, Mr. Kimani, was so excited that a University could send a Team to visit them. The gift of 10 hotplates was so welcome. These were the first equipment for the new laboratory. The TUK prospectus would help the students in choosing the appropriate careers. He said this was the second time in his life for a Professor to pray for him!

The School served the Team with lunch. It’s such a cold area, that it was difficult to keep tea hot!

Ngwata Mixed Secondary School, Makueni County - Monday 27 th May, 2013

Prof. Dorcas Yole addressing the studentsTeam:

  • Mwanza Kimei - Biology and Chemistry presentation & related TUK courses
  • Esther Njue - Mathematics, Physics, ICT and Engineering & related TUK courses
  • Joyce Asuke - Other courses (not sciences per se) offered in TUK
  • Juma O. Gagesho - Photo &Video coverage
  • Prof. Dorcas Yole - Introductory speech, Word from VC, academic counsel as per perceived need of the students
  • Njuguna - Driver

Ngwata Mixed Secondary School is in Ngwata Location, Kibwezi, Makueni county. It is a mixed school drawing children from within the area. It has about 160 students. Fifty six girls are the ones who started boarding in the current year, although a few girls still come from their homes. Kibwezi is a dry area, so the parents of the students have very low income. Money from CDF has helped the school a lot in terms of building structures. When the Team arrived at the School, students were having their lunch of maize and beans. Since they do not have a dining room, they were sitting under trees as they ate. Our key contact person, Mr. Wambua, who is the Chairman of the Board of Governors, took the Team to see the Principal of the School, Mr. Gerald Muia, who gave a warm welcome. We noticed that the Principal did not have a computer in his office. A team member, Esther Njue, was so shocked that a Principal, who has a Masters degree could operate without a computer.

The students squeezed in one class to for the presentation. Many of them stood through the entire period (over 3 hours). It was possible to do a Power Point presentation. After introduction, the Lecturers gave the ‘Demystifying Science presentation. Mwanza Kimei - Biology and Chemistry presentation & related TUK courses, Esther Njue - Mathematics, Physics, ICT and Engineering & related TUK courses and Joyce Asuke - Other courses offered in TUK. Gakesho shared with the students how he pursued his dream of taking a Diploma in Journalism, although he had to wait for while before joining TUK, to allow his parents educate his brothers and sisters. He told them to follow their passion in choosing careers as this is what would make them enjoy working later on in life. The students listened keenly. After the presentation, the students were requested to write down any questions they had. The Team addressed all the questions. The students were excited about the multi-entry, multi-exit possibility. Prof. Dorcas Yole challenged the students not to look at their lowly background but to work hard in school, as this was what would help them in the future. She challenged the girls not to run into marriage so early without a career. Their own families would need their financial support.

Prof. Dorcas Yole and Team presenting soft copy of TUK ProspectusThe School greatly appreciated the TUK prospectus both in hard and in soft copy, and the 10 hotplates to be used in their laboratories. After the presentation, the school served the COP Team with lunch around 6pm.
A gift of a computer
About a month after coming from Ngwata Mixed Secondary School, Ester Njue, COP Team member purchased a computer with her money for the Office of the Principal, Ngwata Mixed Secondary School. The BOG Chairman said that the Principal was very grateful for the computer.

Mbaikini Secondary School, Machakos County - Thursday 23 th May, 2013

Prof. Dorcas Yole arranging booksTeam:

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


Mbaikini Secondary School is a boarding boys’ school in Wamunyu location, in Machakos county. The land where it stands on belonged to Mbaikini Primary School (started in the early 1950s), which moved to give room to the Secondary School. It serves children from the Wamunyu location and the surrounding locations. Since this is a dry area, many of the children come from poor backgrounds. Started as a Harambee Secondary School, it is still a needy school. It has about 400 boys.

The Team was served with lunch when they arrived. The Principal welcomed the Team. Just a few Teachers attended the function, including the Students’ Dean; they had not been informed in good time. The School hall was large, and the boys were so happy to be given a Power Point presentation, a first for most of them! The “Demystifying Science” presentation went on very well. Catherine gave a presentation on Biology and Chemistry presentation & related TUK courses; Njuki - Mathematics, Physics, ICT and Engineering & related TUK courses and Muchura - Other courses offered in TUK. The students were very attentive. Students wrote many questions on careers and subjects they should take for various courses in the university. The Team answered the questions. Prof. Dorcas Yole challenged the students to work hard in their studies. As men, they are supposed to be main providers in the homes, and so they had no choice, but to work hard. It was important that they pursued courses they had a passion for, not just men careers, e.g. Men make some of the best chefs in the world, and the career is well paying. She also reiterated the importance of morals, if the boys want to live long successful lives.

The Principal was presented with textbooks (these were text books ordered for Mwatate High School (2011-2012) but came late after the visit. Although Mwatate Principal had been requested to sent any of his staff who comes to Nairobi to pick the books, this never happened, despite repeated reminders. NB – Muthale Girls picked theirs the same week they were informed). He was also presented with ten hotplates, a letter from the DVC-NPL and prospectus, both in hard and soft copy. Some of the boys did not know what a CD is!

The member of Board of Governors, Rev Joash Mutua, who had been our main contact person, was very grateful for the visit. He said that the presentation was very informative, and was impressed that the Team had managed to keep the attention of the boys for more than four hours!

The Principal was very grateful for the presentations, the books and the hotplates.

IMPACT
Donation of Science books and Hot platesThe member of Board of Governors, who had been our contact person, gave a report on what happened during the Parents’ Day which came after the Team’s visit. The boys told the parents that this was the best thing that had ever happened to the school. The presentations were very informative, and their questions had been answered. All the Board of Governors and Parents and Teachers Association were very grateful for the books and the hot plates. The Teachers who had skipped the presentations regretted their action.

The Students’ Dean said that the Principal took about 10 of the textbooks to another needier school where he had been invited to! Since they had been given, they also wanted to participate in giving!

Kiandu Mixed Secondary School, Nyeri County - Tuesday 21 st May 2013

Boys taking notes during the presentationTeam:

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

Kiandu Mixed Secondary School is in North Tetu, in Nyeri County. It is a day school and most to the children come from the surrounding villages, some from quite a long distance. They walk to school.
The Principal was very happy that we had been able to visit. He invited the Team to address the Students. Prof. Yole introduced the Team members. It was possible to give a power point presentation, so the lecturers were able to give the “Demystifying Science Presentation”. Catherine talked on Biology and Chemistry and related courses. Gladys Kingori made Mathematics and Physics look so easy. She also talks on ICT and Engineering and the related courses. Muchura gave an overview of all other course offered in TUK. The boys were paid keen interest as Gakesho took video and photographs. Gakesho told them that he had trained in Journalism in TUK. He said that in order to succeed in their careers, they needed to have passion in what they were doing. The students had a time to ask questions on subjects, careers, TUK etc. However, it was hard for them to express themselves in English. They were asked to write down their questions. The Team addressed all their concerns.

Prof. Yole told the students, especially the boys, to steer away from alcohol, as this would ruin their lives. At this, the students and teachers laughed confirming that it was a problem in that area. She challenged the boys and girls to consider each other as brothers and sisters, as this would help them concentrate in their studies.

The Principal was presented with hotplates. These would be used in the Science laboratories. He was also presented a letter from DVC-NPL and the prospectus in both soft and hard copy.
The Team was served with lunch.

Ruthimitu Girls Secondary School, Nairobi County - Wednesday 15 th May 2013

Happy Girls carrying hot plates Team:

  • Dickson Wambaa- Engineering
  • Gladys Kingori – Physics, Mathematics & Biology
  • Sam Njuki - ICT
  • Grace Gatere - Other courses (not sciences per se) offered in TUK
  • Juma O. Gakesho – Photo &Video coverage
  • Prof. Dorcas Yole – Word from VC, academic counsel as per perceived need of the students
  • Njuguna - Driver

Ruthimitu Girls Secondary Schools is Dagoreti, in Nairobi County. It serves the “rural” community in a poor part of the City of Nairobi. It was given land by Ruthimitu Primary School. Students in this school face problems with school fee payment, food and breakdown in families. It has about 300 students. Only Form I and II board, the rest of the Girls come from home. It does not have much in terms of facilities; however, they were able to build a decent academic block with CDF money. It was even difficult to locate the small dirt road reading to the school. The visit to this school was an additional activity to the one scheduled for Volunteering and Community Responsibilities Department for the School and also for DC Kibra office. The Team members involved in these two activities went to talk to the Girls in the afternoon.

The School does not have a hall, so the meeting was held outside. It did not also have a PA system. It was not possible to give a power point presentation, so all the presenters just talked to the students. Presentation was done from the veranda of the 1 st floor of the new building, facing girls seated on chairs on the ground. Mr. Wambaa talked to the girls on the various courses offered in Engineering; Gladys challenged the girls to excel in Physics and Mathematics – she was an example that it was possible. Grace discussed the various careers they could take in liberal arts. They were particularly interested in Design. Students asked questions on the various careers. From the question, it was obvious that they did not think they were capable of attaining high grades.

Since the school is not a high performer, the girls were so encouraged to know that they could start from either certificate or Diploma level and finally end up with a degree. The previous year’s top student, who got a B, had been supported by the Teaching staff, as the parents were too poor to pay school fees. The teachers were wondering if TUK offers bursary. They were informed that once the student was able to pay the first University fee instalment, they could apply for a bursary.

Prof. Yole challenged the girls to refuse to be put down by their poor background. One of the major hindrances for the girls to study was the thought that even if they succeeded in their exams, they would not progress further. She challenged them to work hard and succeed first; a door would open for them. She told them to focus on their studies and refuse to be distracted by relationships with boys, as this will have its place in the future. Strong moral values would help them to concentrate wholeheartedly on studies.

Girls applauding after a speechThe girls shouted for joy when they were presented with the hot-plates. They were using charcoal burners for their home science cookery lessons (majority of the girls take Home science). The Principal was presented a letter from DVC-NPL and a prospectus both in soft and hard copy.

The Principal, Mrs Muraa, was very grateful that TUK had chosen to visit her small school, and not the “giant secondary schools” around her; the latter wondered how her school had been selected, and they requested for a visit, too. It was such an honour for a University to visit them and have time to talk to the girls.

KARIMA GIRLS, KINAGOP – Tuesday 24 July 2012

The Third school visited was Karima Girls in Kinangop. It is a beautiful school, well kept, and with signs placed strategically on the paths, to challenge girls to work hard and live morally. It has about 1000 students. The school uniform is striking and blends so well with the blue tiles in front of the school. The team was composed of:

  • Prof. Dorcas Yole - Director, COP
  • Lillian Bogonko – NPL Senior Assistant Administrator
  • Dickson Wambaa – Physics and Mathematics presentation
  • Catherine Muya – Biology and Chemistry presentation
  • Sam Njuki – Computer & Engineering courses
  • Joyce Asuke – Other Courses offered in KPUC
  • Kevin Lukalo – Media coverage
  • Francisca Kinoti - Driver

The Deputy Principal of the school received the team warmly. The Principal of the school was away in a meeting with other School Principals in the area and the Education officers. After a cup of tea, the team was led to the big hall, which also serves as a chapel. The School Deputy Principal welcomed the KPUC team and introduced the staff. Prof. Dorcas Yole explained the purpose of the visit and introduced the team.

The presentations went on extremely well. The girls were busy taking notes. At the end of the presentation, they impressed the team by giving their already written down questions. This made it very easy to address many of the issues they had raised on science subjects and careers.

Lillian Bogonko, the NPL Senior Assistant Administrator challenged the girls to use the internet facilities in the school to enhance their notes. Prof. Dorcas Yole challenged the girls to take up careers which they wanted to pursue, not just what peers, relatives etc, wanted them to take.

Prof. Dorcas Yole read the message from the Principal, KPUC. She then presented the Scientific equipment. The Deputy Principal of the school asked the Teacher in charge of the Science subjects to speak. He said that he was so excited that they had received a microscope with a camera, and which could be connected to a computer. He said he would now be able to teach the students the way he had been taught at Kenyatta University! The meeting was closed by word of prayer from Prof. Dorcas Yole.

The School Deputy Principal invited the KPUC for late lunch and signing of the Visitors’ book. The Principal of the school joined the team over lunch, and was very grateful for the visit. When the KPUC team was leaving, they were given a sack of potatoes and cabbages, respectively, from the school farm to share! What a beautiful act!

KENYATTA HIGH, MWATATE – Thursday 19 - Friday 20 July 2012

The second visit was to Mwatate Boys’ High School, Mwatate, in Taita Taveta. It is a beautiful well-kept tidy school. The student population is over 800 boys.

The team from KPUC was composed of:

  • Prof. Dorcas Yole – Director, COP
  • Gladys Kingori – Mathematics& Physics presentation
  • Henry Muchura – Biology& Chemistry Presentation
  • Mwanza Kimei – Computer & Engineering courses
  • Joyce Asuke – Other Courses offered in KPUC
  • Juma Gakesho – Media coverage
  • Francisca Kinoti - Driver

When the Team arrived, Only Forms III and IV students were gathered in the hall for the presentation. Prof. Dorcas Yole requested that they be joined by Forms I and II students, as these are the ones who would benefit from the Science Demystifying talk, while the Forms III and the IV would benefit from the career talk. The Principal obliged. The hall was small but the students squeezed themselves through the doors and windows to hear. There was also the challenge of public address system, so the lecturers had to talk as loud as they could, but this did not deter the students from listening to the presentation. The Principal was introduced by the only one teacher, the Career master, who accompanied him. Initially the students were a bit unruly, but they calmed down when the meeting started. Prof. Dorcas Yole challenged the boys to take up their position as future leaders of homes and the nation, and not allow themselves to be destroyed by the vices which are destroying the boy child, e.g. drug abuse. She introduced the KPUC team, who did a commendable job, even without the public address system. The students had time to ask questions on science subjects and careers.

Prof. Dorcas Yole read the letter from the Principal KPUC to the school, and then presented the books. The boys who had been rather withdrawn got so excited and came forward to see the books, and peruse them! They were very grateful for the books and for the talk.

The Principal expressed his gratitude for the visit. The Team left at dusk, and spent the night at Voi town. They travelled back the following day, and arrived at KPUC about 6pm.

MUTHALE GIRLS – KITUI - Tuesday 17 July 2012

The first school to be visited was Muthale Girls in Kitui. This is a boarding school of over 800 girls, in a Semi-arid area.

The team from KPUC was composed of:

  • Prof. Dorcas Yole – Director, COP
  • Prof. Ogola – Director, Industry and Professional Partnerships
  • Esther Njue – Mathematics & Physics presentation
  • Benter Onyango – Biology& Chemistry Presentation
  • Sam Njue – Computer & Engineering courses
  • Grace Gatere – Other Courses offered in KPUC
  • Kevin Lukalo – Media coverage
  • Francisca Kinoti - Driver

The Principle and her Teachers received the Outreach team warmly. They had arranged to have the meeting in the open, but it was not possible to do a power point presentation outside. The venue was changed to their large Dining Hall. The Principal welcomed the KPUC team and introduced her staff. Prof. Dorcas Yole introduced the KPUC team. She also briefly explained the aim of the visit which was to demystify science subjects and encourage the young student to start embracing sciences as this will lead them to their dream careers. She challenged the Girls to work hard.

The presentations went on very well. There was a time of questions from the students which the lecturers responded to. Prof. Ogolla presented the Scientific books on behalf of the Principle, KPUC.

Muthale Girls Principal was extremely grateful for the Scientific books. She explained that at the beginning of the year, there was no money to purchase scientific books, because of other crucial urgent school demands on the budget. The students had been forced to share books. She had told the Teachers to pray and ask God for books. The teachers did not take her seriously. She said the Scientific books were an answer to prayers, and she would be willing to receive more. The Girls were so happy, they gave the team a special applause. The Presentation was closed by word of prayer by Prof. Dorcas Yole, around 5.30pm.

The Principal invited the KPUC staff for late Lunch and signing of the Visitors’ Book, after which the Team departed.