There are 100 pupils in total.
07.30 – 11.00 Session one (2 x 25 pupils)
11.00 – 12:00 Lunch (uji)
12.00 – 15:30 Session two (2 x 25 pupils)
Classes are run on Montessori guidelines. The older pupils, in line with parent expectations, are taught a little more traditionally.
The two teachers, Sarah and Veronika, are totally committed to the children and live next door to the school.
The school is well equipped and we are in the process of landscaping the surrounding area and adding playground furniture for the children.
Although small, the charge for the school (4,000 shillings per month = US$ 2.5) is beyond the means of some of the families. As a result, Watu subsidises over 50% of the school costs.
Included in the cost is a regular midday meal thus guaranteeing that all the children have something to eat in the day. In this respect, we are very grateful to Cargill International of Geneva for their generous donation.
We also cultivate a small "shamba", which the children help to tend, so as to supply beans, spinach and other vegetables and supplement the uji.