A few days ago, Gundua’s class of 2011 completed their final exams. Fourth year students take their final exams in all subjects over a two-week period. The results determine which university courses are available to them. The goal is for Gundua to become the best school in the region in terms of both learning environment and results. The award for best learning environment was achieved in May, and with the improved grades, we have climbed from 13th to 2nd place this year. We are looking forward to the final results this year.
Just like in Sweden, the students are now about to break for the Christmas holidays. During this time, we are working hard to complete the first four apartments for the school’s teachers. In Kenya, it is not unusual for teachers to move far away from home to get a job. The Gundua School has teachers from all over the country, and for us, it’s very important that they feel at home and safe in their new working environment. The building has a straw frame. This is an old technique commonly used both in Europe and the US during the 19th century. The frame is reinforced with wood and then rendered. This technique results in a sturdy building with good sound insulation and an even indoor temperature.
During the coming school year, starting in January, we will face the challenge of taking on even more students. We are proud to announce that we have more than 300 registered students who will start in a few weeks. This means the school is now full. The interest in our school has increased rapidly and our reputation is continuously improving. This is probably an effect of our improving results and the fact that Gundua, , has lowered its fee. At present, the tuition is about SEK 100 per month. This is less than half the fee of other schools in the district and has been made possible by all the generous contributions from Sweden. Thank you!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Fredrik and Jessica Wegbratt in Kenya.