November 13, 2011
The school was a little bit far from Mbita. After crossing the ferry, it took us two more hours driving before we reached. Upon entering the school gate we were greeted by their players who were ready to give us a tour of the school. It is a medium sized school with around 500 students. Each grade has three classes of around 50 each which is a good size for a Kenyan school (most have more than that in each class). The staff and students were very friendly and helpful to all of us. It seemed like a big family with the way they interacted.
After the tour, the girls filled out an information sheet and then they were given a uniform to change into. It was the same uniform that Jera was given when they qualified for Nationals. The Jera players took the girls through warm-up drills before they started playing.
Posted by Joe Peterson at 10:33 AM
November 5, 2011
800,000 students from across the country of Kenya will sit for the same exam on November 8-10. The performance on this test will determine which high school, if any, these 8th graders may attend. Last year's Suba Laker graduating class had 7 students. Through God's provision, each of them was able to move on to secondary school last January, which is not a common occurrence for most girls in Mbita District. We are hopeful and expecting that all of our ten students this year will also pass and be able to get opportunities to continue their education. On their practice exams most have them have been performing well. There is only 1-2 that might be close to not passing, the others should be able to sail through.
After taking their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam in early November, we will wait for the results to be released at the end of December. This test ranks all of the students in Kenya, and secondary schools use the results to select students to their schools. The best secondary schools try to select the students with the highest scores. There are 5 subjects that are examined in Primary School: Math, Science, Social Studies/Religion, English and Kiswahili. Each of the five subjects is worth 100 points for a total of 500.
This year's class is a special group. Several of them have been with us even before we officially began the club three years ago. We have seen these ones grow up and mature before our very eyes. They have persevered and struggled through many difficult circumstances in their lives to reach this point which the majority of girls in Mbita never reach. Six of these players have also played up to the National Level in Football for Primary Schools.
The girls who will be taking the exam are Alicent Awuor, Raysher Jedidah, Lydia Awino, Leah Ongojo, Caren Akeyo, Esther Atieno, Ruth Ogallo, Beryl Ogweno, Damaris Awino, Esther Atieno and Dorothy Adhiambo.
Please pray for them during this stressful time in their lives. Pray for God's peace, for good health and to do the exams with a boldness and confidence that will allow them to be successful. In addition, pray for their futures as they wait to see the doors God will open up for them to continue their education.
Posted by Joe Peterson at 4:39 AM