We apologize to all of our supporters for our blog to have fallen behind. HIP Africa has been focused on providing students services, financial development, and the construction of a new school block. We hope to get back to this blog soon! In the meantime, please follow us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HIPinAfrica/
May 1st, 2018 Progress on Doors and Windows!
March 29, 2018 Skype Call with GrandView ES
March 27, 2018 Skype with Jorne's class in Amsterdam
March 20th, 2018 -Nutrition!
February 28, 2018- Progress!
According to Kenyan education system, a year starts in January and ends in December. Because we have equal Day and Night and we don’t experience snow that will force go for a break. The year is divided into parts called terms with a break in between them. Each term goes three months.
1)First term starts in January and ends in March. Pupils will take a test then go for break. The school goes for break for a month,that is April. April is the planting season for farmers and resting month for students. Pupil can help their parents in planting and weeding.
2)Second term starts in May and ends in July. The pupils will take a test that covers what they learnt in first term and second term for the last weeks of term before they going for a break. August break is the harvesting month. Pupil will help the families to harvest what they planted during April break .
3)Third term starts in September and ends in November. In the end of November, students will take a test that will help them to be promoted from one grade to another. A test that is given during the end of the year covers what students learnt since they joined that grade. They are given report card that shows all the test done in each term. Then the teacher will determine whether the pupil will be promoted to another grade or remain in the same grade depending to his or her performance. After that ,students will go for December break as they wait for new year to join the next grade.
December break is a month for celebration. We celebrate Jamuhuri day (Heroes Day), Christmas, Boxing and Happy New Year. In summary, pupils go to school for nine months and they rest for three months (April, August and December). Please comment below by explaining how a year is in your school/country.
In kenya, we use collards leaves for vegetable. They are rich in vitamin E and
Iron. Collards flourish in tropical region,2000m above sea level. They do well where there is enough rainfall. It's seeds needs tender care during germination, thus raised in nursery bed. After 3 weeks we transplant to a well prepared land. We do it during cool hours,either early in the morning or late in the evening. In-case of rain shortage,we water it to stop the crop from weathering. Weeding is done after 2 weeks to stop weeds and pests. It can be harvested after 4 weeks by removing It's leaves, 1 or 2 from each plant and served as vegetable salad.
Planting time,spacing is (50cm by 50cm )50cm from one plant to another and also 50cm from one row to another.
Students in rural areas do not know what is going on around the globe, or even what is going on around Kenya. It takes time for them to understand what a computer, laptop or an iPad is unless they move to urban centers. Most kids in urban centers have access to new electronics and gadgets as compared with rural kids who are only exposed to what happens around them in their own neighborhoods.
At HIP Academy, (a school in rural area- Mukuyuni near Kimilili) students got a chance to Skype with other students in Australia. That was their first Skype which left them excited and yearning to have more Skypes. They shared a lot about where they live, Kenyan wild animals, and taught students in the other school some Swahili words which was incredible!
The students at our school do not have strong English language skills as it is their third language. However, talking to other students in English speaking countries will help them perfect their English. Therefore, we are looking forward to having Skype connections with more schools to share out what we are doing. Please feel free to reach out to us for cultural exchanges. We look forward to learning with you!!
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