A typical school in Turkana:
Tim and I went into Makutano Primary School (Lolupe) at the
invitation of the Teresa Esinyen, the headteacher so that
we could see her tale of woe... 8 classes... 5 teachers.
Std 5,6,7,8, have a cement structure...no doors so
consequently the neighbours have taken the wooden part,
where the children write on, away to make doors etc.
Education is not so well regarded in Lolupe as in
Carrigaline as you can imagine. Enrollment in the upper
classes is small 8-6; 7-12; 6-15; 5-30. 2007 will be their
Std 2,3,4, are in manyattas... just sticks and bushes...
and these are overcrowded (80/70/60 in he manyattas... all
Even these need some repair...but the parents tell Teresa
that it is her problem.
Std 1... all under a plain tree. these children must run
round and round this tree... and its not even a mulberry
bush. I want to use exclamation marks and more exclamation
marks... but I know you are familiar with the situation.
Staffroom... table and 4 chairs under another plain tree...
books and papers kept from blowing away by large stones!
IRC gave them 2 plastic water tanks. Both are leaking as
the taps were not fitted very well... and water has to be
tankered to the school.
You should see the H/m's abode... a true manyatta which is
alright in some ways as she is from Turkana... I asked her
if it was supplied by TSC.
I will get some money from somewhere (probably a little
creaming off from the Pastoral Plan)and build 5 latrines
there. The hygienic situation is only indescribable.
However, the strong sun of Turkana does protect people from
cholera etc. Can you imagine if we had wet weather mostly?
A pathetic place... re; facilities... but very pleasant as
regards the school atmosphere... I'm not sure if I could
call it "ambiance".