Monday 14th February 2011 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston is to forge links with a secondary school in Kenya so students from both countries can learn more about their peers’ lives abroad.
Rapogi secondary school is built on six acres in western Kenya and it caters for orphaned students who passed the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education but who couldn’t afford the school fees in provincial and national schools. Rapogi was founded in 1989, collapsed in 1992 and 1996 but was re-established in 2002 with just 14 students.
Run by Principal Elavuna Caleb, it now has 200 students (123 boys and 77 girls) and nine teachers plus six support staff. There are five classrooms, an administration block, kitchen and a staff house. The students study 12 subjects including English, agriculture and business studies and take part in sports like football, handball, volleyball and athletics.
Mr Bidwell said: ‘The Year 7 students will write letters about their lives here and then get replies from students over in Kenya. It is a way for both groups to learn a little more about each other.’