Every year, The Gundua Foundation presents a grant to the best graduate student to support his/her higher education.
This year the grant was given to Matwiri Winnie Ntingari. The grant amounts to SEK 50.000 and covers the fees for four years of university education. If the student does not complete the education the grant will be revoked.
Winnie is 20 years old and wants to become a doctor. She is right now investigating which school is available and best for her. She graduated with one A- and 78 points which was the best result in the whole district.
The grant was handed out in the presence of all the Gundua Primary and Secondary schools’ students and their parents during a ceremony. Winne held a speech about her dream to become a doctor and our representative Fredrik Wegbratt also spoke.
Winnie lives with her mother and three sisters/brothers. They all send their thankful and innermost well -wishes to the Gundua Foundation in Sweden.
The students come from the villages around Gundua/Ex-Lewa and have completed eight years studies before continuing on to the Secondary School. In order to be accepted at the school, they need to have passed the basic level in all subjects as well as being able to pay the tuition fee of about SEK 100.00/month. This is a small cost compared to other Kenyan schools, but still a considerable sum for many families in the area, where the family earning in total is on average SEK 500.00/month. Hopefully, we will be able to lower the fee somewhat this year, making it possible for even more students to attend our school.
This year we will broaden our program for the students. Drums, soccer balls and other equipment have been donated to the school and our goal is to offer a creative and qualitative class within Drama/Music/Sports each afternoon. Efforts are also being made to build a basketball plan. Because of the costs involved, it will yet have to wait for a while. We have, however, had the possibility to buy desks and chair for all new students as well as lending bikes to a total of 20 students who otherwise would have had to walk for 2-3 hours per day to get to and from school. The desks arrived by truck last week and the strongest boys were proud to help carry them in to the classrooms.
The housing for the school’s teacher is soon ready to move into. The picture shows the almost completed building where windows and doors are being mounted.
Finally, I can inform you that the students at the Gundua Primary School right now are busy answering letters from Vittra-students in Sweden. Wonder, curiosity and laughter accompany this work and their new-won Swedish friends are eagerly awaiting their answers.
Ex-Lewa Primary School, or as it is now is called, Gundua Primary School, received the results for the school year 2011 today. As well as being declared the best school in terms of learning environment, the school’s average results have also increased from 188 to 224 points. This is the biggest improvement in the region! A fantastic result, which the school’s principal says is partly due to support from the Gundua Foundation, which has introduced IUP and a food program.
The picture shows the happy faces of students and parents as the principal, Mr Franco, announces the good news.