Christ the Redeemer, the Lover of mankind, the Giver of Life continues to prevail at Saint Innocent’s Academy.
St. Innocent is clearly with the people and makes his presence known to us through the many blessings our people are experiencing and in particular, the growing number of students attending classes at the Academy. Our dedicated teachers work tirelessly, ensuring that each student is challenged and provided with a rigorous education; one that is competitive with the many surrounding schools in the area.
As we finish the fifth week of the academic school year, students have started exams and continue to show evidence of success in their studies. This success is the promise of a better life, and provides the hope for the many teachers and families making sacrifices on behalf of the students at St. Innocent’s Academy.
The director of the school however, continues to feel the great burden that comes with the responsibility of paying his teachers a salary when there isn’t any money to do so. Due to limited resources and funds, salaries have been delayed several weeks, and teachers are suffering. Such a burden calls us to ask you for your support.
Our teachers cannot be overlooked. Not only do they deserve their wages, but they must receive them in order for them to meet their own basic needs and in order for St. Innocent’s Academy to continue educating the growing student population.
We urge you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, to give what you can in order for us to continue this God inspired work and in order to serve the Nandi people. We pray that your prayers and donations will bring many blessings from our Savior. Donate here.
This month, Orthodox Africa is proud to present a look at Saint Innocent’s Academy written by one of the primary school students that directly benefits from your continual support. Now with very little grammatical editing we present to you….. Note: All Edits will appear in (brackets)
A Letter From A Student:
St Innocents Chajo Academy 08/05/2017
I love st innocent so much. Because our teachers teach us very good. Then we do their work that teachers gives us and we do in hardworking and we are very displeen (disciplined)
In st innocent the environment is very clean and there is a small field that pupils go to play there games. The school chajo was start in 2011. In 2011 the school was very far because you cross a small stream. We learn that school up to 2012 we came to house of our director: That house was two rooms only. The old director build one room only then the school has three classes it was baby, middle and pre-unit.
After one year our director built standard one then pupils work very hard. Then in end of term one we do zonal (finals). Then our results came we were number four out of twenty-six schools. Then after one year director built standard two then a visitor from America came to our school he bring us pictures of Jesus. I thank Father Johna (Jonah) because he brought has frome small school to big school of hardworking pupils and improve as frome one room to many rooms that is more than five rooms. I thank my teacher who is called Miss Nelly. She is a good teacher. Because she teaches me from top class to standard four. I love that teacher very much. We shall never forget her. Another teacher teache as from standard two up to now. He is a games teacher because he teach as then we go up to Serem. Our pupils run from Chepkuny to Serem. They fail in Serem. We love our school because (our) teachers teach us very good and in our classes everybody sit very comfortable and every class have blackboard and desks.
In teaching teachers teach pupils very hardwork and when it is zonals (finals) we are number four and lazy pupils in school teaches us to pull up our socks. I thank our teachers because they call our neighbor to cook some food at school. I want to say one idea it about breakfast. My school wants breakfast in ten oclock we want to drink tea and bread everyday. I want to tell father silvanoes (Father Silouan) to give us some money to buy milk, sugar and bread.
You can help us make this child’s wish come true, with your help we can buy some milk sugar and bread so that the kids do not have to go hungry during their school day. By going to this page www.orthodoxafrica.org /st-innocent-academy/ you will learn more about Saint Innocents Academy and will be able to make a donation that will got directly to nurturing these children both physically and spiritually.
Robinson Cheruiyot , is a 10 year old Orphan and is exceedingly bright in academics.
St. Innocent Academy’s students are taking their end of June exams!
A challenge the Academy has had is preparing and printing sample exams. Doing so would allow the teachers to better prepare the students on test taking skills and strategies. Students are given knowledge through teaching in the classroom. As we all have experienced, when the time comes to take the test, the information may be slightly altered to challenge the student to think and reason out the correct answer. Test taking is an art in which practice helps ensure success in the end.
St. Innocent Academy and Father Jonah are making a request for donations with which they will purchase at minimum one, preferably two, laptops and printer. Teacher, Julius Kiprotich, said, “Two laptops would be ideal. It would allow me to train some of my fellow teachers to improve their typing skills, to assist in test preparation, and expose the students to the workings of a computer.”
St. Innocent Academy and Father Jonah seek $700 for the purchase of one laptop and one printer. With generous spirits, any additional funds raised will go towards the purchase of a second laptop.
Through the hard work of many people, the concrete floors in the classrooms are complete. Now the staffroom is under construction with concrete floors being laid also.
Our school students are studying hard.
From ages 2 to 5 years, children are taught the very basics; what their name is, writing numbers, how to correctly hold a pencil, learning the alphabet and the sounds associated with each letter and singing.
Children in lower elementary school, Standard 1 to 3, follow a curriculum called Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE). They are taught the basics of how to read, write, memorize and dictation.
The Standard 4 and 5 students study the same subjects according to the Kenyan elementary schools, which includes English, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Social Studies and Kiswahili (also known as Swahili, the Bantu language, the first language of the Swahili people).
The Standard 4 and 5 students recently took their mid-term examinations, of which there were two. Despite numerous challenges, they emerged among the best pupils in the zone. Overall, they ranked 4th among the best schools. Everyone is very proud of them and their achievement. The teachers are happy for the good grades their pupils are getting because of their sacrifice and dedication to their studies. They are pledging that at the end-of-term examination they will emerge the best through the prayers of the Patron Saint of our academy, Saint Innocent.