The Foundation's engagement in Gundua Primary and Secondary Schools has created a school based on the local village’s needs and terms. It now provides qualified education to more than 600 students
The UN’s Millennium Development Goals that every child in the world should be able go to school and have the opportunity to complete a primary education by 2015 was the starting point for the Gundua Foundation’s engagement in Kenya. The UN goal has unfortunately not yet been achieved, but development has come a long way. Large parts of Africa have entered a dynamic phase of development, and in the places where there are no ongoing wars and other conflicts, schooling and literacy have increased. Gundua Foundation now offers education on both primary and secondary level. In addition to the first school established, Gundua Secondary, two additional primary schools have since been added to the foundation.
Gundua Day Secondary School
Gundua Secondary School is a day school with low tuition fees, making it affordable for families as well as allowing the children to continue to help out at home. The school has about 280 students.
There is a clear intention, through modern teaching methods, to give the students a better chance of achieving their future goals and to help them start thinking more independently by learning better and more. All teaching is in English, except for the specific classes in Swahili.
The goal for Gundua Secondary School is to become one of the best schools in the region. The results have continuously improved, and by the end of 2015, the school was ranked among the top three out of 30 schools in the region. When it comes to continuing on to higher education, the goal is that at least half of the students should be qualified for university level studies. About a dozen students have already moved on to higher education at different universities in Kenya.
A Gundua Model is presently being developed in order to help generate future projects. The success is an important contributor to the growth of the Gundua Foundation’s endeavours in the Ex-Lewa region, in combination with giving its inhabitants better life conditions. Education will remain one of the most important building blocks for this, and even if the Gundua Secondary Day School may be a small step, it is nonetheless a step in the right direction. The goal is to give all the world’s children a chance to go to school within the not too distant future.
The Gundua Foundation is responsible for the actual construction of the well-equipped and proper school buildings. The costs for operating the school and the teachers’ salaries are shared with the Kenyan school authorities.
Ex-Lewa’s primary school was integrated into the foundation’s organisation in 2010, with the aim of securing a consistently high standard of primary schooling. In 2014 the school became a full member of the Gundua Foundation. About 350 children go to school here.The school has individual educational plans and a very engaged headmaster who is passionate about inspiring the students to learn more. 75 children at the ages 2-5 are enrolled in the kindergarten at the school. The vision is to offer a school where the educational responsibility is shared not only among teachers and students but also including the parents and the local society.