School going girls in Lower Eastern have been encouraged to push harder in their studies, step up alongside the boys and grow their ambitions in step with the challenging times.
At a pep talk to welcome back pupils of Mamiloki Primary School in Mwala sub-county, Machakos, the girls were discouraged from embracing a timid-approach to leadership in school, in their studies and generally in their conduct in life.
Elisabeth Klem, the Executive Director of Van Woustraat Trust (VWT) said life accords many opportunities to both boys and girls but to access them one must focus on the price, work on getting them, and be patient at the same time.
VWT is a non-profit organization that funds and operates equal opportunity, educational, and cultural programs that help people of all ages become informed, reflective, and successful.
“This being your foundation, you really have to ground yourself well. Step up your act, know what you want to attain, and go for it. Uphold all the requisite values, and aim to be the best,” she said.
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Gladys Kerich, the Programmes Manager at VWT put the girls on notice of the tough and highly competitive job market that awaits them, and one that will require tenacity, drive, ambition and labor of love from them.
“This is where all the difference will be made. Pay attention to everything, and you will surprise yourselves. This where it all begins,” she said while addressing the school.
During the visit, VWT donated handwashing stations, three ply washable face masks, sanitizers and handwashing soaps. The organization has donated and distributed over 25,000 units of personal protective equipment to select communities and police stations in Nairobi and Eldoret.
“This is an incredibly challenging time for school teachers and their pupils. We specifically recognize the importance of providing basic self-protection resources to help pupils and teachers feel safe and supported in school. And we are doing what we can to help where we are needed,” Klem said.
“The most important thing right now is to stay alive. You have to wear your mask all the time, wash your hands properly, maintain personal hygiene and keep distance. Protect yourself and protect others,” Mulle Musau, the schools' Board of Management Chair added.
The school president Eugene Sua, now in class eight, promised to lead colleagues surviving the pandemic, and in posting good results. The event was addressed by school headteacher Stephen Mutiso, senior teacher Margaret Muema, and other board of management officials.