Guidance and mentorship should go beyond the classroom, teachers advised

Lawyer Hani Sharamo, a Rotarian planting trees at the Peter Kariuki Primary School in Murang'a County. [Mate Tongola, Standard]

Teachers have been urged to build interpersonal relationships with their students especially those in the lower grades to help avert cases of child abuse and sexual molestation among the students both in and out of school.

Speaking during a mentorship program at Peter Kariuki Primary School in Muranga County on Saturday, May 20, the Vice President of Rotary Club of Nairobi - Lang'ata, Serah Njoroge encouraged teachers to continuously engage the students so as to understand their experiences outside the school compound.

"I come from an abusive family. My father has been sexually molesting me, how do I go about it?" one of the students asked anonymously during the question and answer session facilitated by Rotarians.

 Vocational Director Rotary club of Nairobi - Lang’ata Eric Sangoro addressing the students. [Mate Tongola, Standard]

The hefty issues raised were handed over to the school head who in turn promised to work with education officials to help the concerned students.

During the event, over 2,500 trees were planted in the school compound in an exercise that saw students, teachers, and members of the Lang'ata Rotary Club mingle, network and discuss various topics including environmental sustainability, hygiene, choosing careers and the delicate balance between relationships and studies.

Among those in attendance included students from Shofco School for Girls, Kibera and a host of Rotarians from the Lang'ata branch among them Eric Sangoro who encouraged and stressed the need for networking urging the students to always have mentors in both education and their career paths.

"Through the Rotary community, you get to exchange ideas and build lifelong friendships with like-minded people. It is a journey that is both rewarding and fun," Sangoro advised.

The Rotary Club of Nairobi-Lang’ata was chartered on 31st August 2001 and has 148 members presently making it one of the biggest Clubs in District 9212.