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Kombeni Girls Secondary School Career Day

Kilifi Township Secondary School

Ngao Girls Secondary School

Malindi High School

Mahoo Girls Secondary School

Kenyatta High School

Eldoro Girls Secondary School

Eldoro Girls Secondary School

Timbila Boys High School

Timbila Boys High School

 

Mwangeka Secondary & Dr Aggrey High School

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UNDUGU MENTORSHIP SCHOOL VISIT REPORT

  1. General Information
  1. School:
  1. Senior Chief Mwangeka Girls Secondary -10.45am-1.45pm

b)   Dr. Aggrey High School-3.10pm- 6.15pm

2. Activity:   MENTORING

Blended with:

  1. Chemistry Tips & strategy for form fours – By National Assistant Chief Examiner- Chemist Practicals.
  2. Sanitary Towels Donations to the Girls courtesy Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA)  

 

  1. Venue of Activity:

Within the school compound.

Date: Saturday, 7th July 2012

4. How many mentors attended the visit? Please attach a list of attendance.

Names                                                        Gender                                                    Profession

WINNIE MWAKE

Female

University Student- Business Administration

EDMUND MGODO

Male

Civil servant

VIVIAN PEROS TSISIKA

Female

Civil servant –HR expert

ROSE MAITHYA

Female

Clinical Medicine

EDWIN MUCHERU

 

 

Male

Entrepreneur & University Student- Pursuing Law (LLB)

FRANCIS MTALAKI

Male

Journalist

THOMAS MWAENGO

Male

Computer Engineer

ROSE MAJALA

Female

Procurement Specialist

RAYMOND NJUMWA (D.U COOL)

Male

Artist & Student of Catering

HELLEN GITONGA

Female

Insurance Expert

OLIVANTA MWASHIGHADI

Female

Banker

EDWARD MWALUKWARE

 

 

Male

University Student- Bachelor of Commerce

GEORGE MOSIOMA

Male

Marketer/ Banker

GODFREY

Male

Videographer

DANSON M. MWAKUWONA

Male

Banker/Accountant

NICHOLAS OMONDI

Male

University Lecturer/District Youth Officer

MWAMBELA 

Male

Journalist            

JOAN

Female

Student

KENNEDY

Male

Beneficiary of the mentorship programme

ALFRED MWAENGO

Male

Artist/ University Student

ELIZABETH MBIGA

Female

University Student –Environmental Studies

Guest Mentors:

ROSEMARY A.OILE

Female

Kenya Maritime Authority

PAMELA MUTURIA

Female

Kenya Maritime Authority

KATANA DANIEL

Male

Kenya Maritime Authority

BERNARD OTIENO

Male

Kenya Maritime Authority

JUMA AHMED

Male

Kenya Maritime Authority

FRANCIS OKELO

Male

Kenya Maritime Authority

MR.KAHINDI 

Male

Teacher / National Assistant Chief Examiner

 

B

  1. Numbers of students who attended the Activity ( specify attendance in terms of gender)
  • Senior Chief Mwangeka- approximately 295 Girls (Form one to four) out of 472 Girls (The rest  were out of school attending Music festival and Muslim student were attending are religious workshop)
  • Dr. Aggrey High School- approximately 470 Boys (Form one to four)
  1. Topics Covered

The Mentors covered and discussed varied subjects including:

  1. Tenets of success
  2. Hardwork and Discipline
  3. Responsible living & General Life Skills
  4. Career and available opportunities
  5. Maritime Opportunities
  6. Personal experience sharing

 

7. Emerging issues or concerns raised by the students that require urgent attention

  • Revival of Mathematics club in Mwangeka Girls.
  • Principal of Mwangeka Girls raised the issue of inadequate facilities e.g. Laboratories & Dormitories due to the increased student population.  The school had a capacity for two streams but due to changes adopted recently it is now a three steam with 472 students.
  • More motivational support by mentors and role models to students/school was requested.

8. Achievements / action points

  1. The Presence of Kenya Maritime Authority gave the event an additional flavor and profile.
  2. Kenya Maritime donation of sanitary towels; 13 bales of 100 packs each was handed over to the students.  The School Administration and the Girls were extremely joyous about the donation which will go a long way in keeping the girls in school thus focusing on their studies.  We believe this will be reflected in their end of year performance.
  3. Assurance to the girls that Maritime opportunities are not a preserve of men greatly motivated the students in the girls school. The excitement of the Students on learning about careers in Maritime industry was vivid especially because most of the students had minimal or no information on maritime careers.
  4. The representative of KMA also Introduced WOMESA (women in Maritime) to Mwangeka girls. She also mentioned that they are about to role a mentorship that will include establishing maritime clubs in secondary schools. WOMESA shall be doing a follow up to discuss the details.
  5. Influential focus group discussions- We divided the students in 12 Focus Discussion groups each with at least two Mentors. While the form fours were engaged with the Assistant Chief Examiner.
  6. The Chief Examiner did his assignment well; going by the feedback from students & Teacher present. They requested Undugu to have him back before they sit for their final exams. He shared tips, strategy and motivation for passing Chemistry practicals.   He was able to demonstrate and convince the students that chemist is not as difficult as it has been perceived.
  7. The Principal; Mwangeka Girls had very good words towards Undugu Mentorship Initiative and the partnership with the school that spans four years now.
  8. Two Teachers in Mwangeka Girls showed keen interest in becoming Undugu mentors; as they appreciated the impact the programme was having on their student.
  9. We initiated a Mathematics Club and a Chairlady and her Deputy nominated to champion the revival. This is to address the dismally performance in the subject which has been pulling down the school mean score. The club is to help change perception that mathematics is difficult.
  10. Coordination and team work between the mentors was at its best.
  11. Students (in journalism club) were challenged to write an article about the event then post to KMA for publishing in the newspaper.
  12. The Past paper from well performing schools and Counties were passed over to the Teacher on duty to be used for revision and exercise.
  13. Disciplined was highly observed in the two schools, with an ease in getting them organized and dividing them in different groups.
  14. A report from the teachers on the two girls in Mwangeka High school supported by Undugu indicated that they are doing well One of the student finished form four last year and the other is now in form four.

 

9. Lessons learnt

  • Undugu Mentorship Initiative should invite more Corporates to support the initiative and be joining in for the mentorship events.
  • More partnerships to be sought for the benefit of the Mentee (students). Though Undugu is known for no handouts, we can build more partnerships that will address specific shortages/ challenges for schools and students.
  • Strategies to be designed that will help change negative perceptions against Mathematics and Sciences.
  • The fewer the students in a group the more effective the focus group discussion is. This can only be achieved with more mentors on board during school visit.
  • There is need to have more Lady Mentors when visiting girl’s school.
  • The presence of school Principal during events, portend acceptance by the administration and therefore better outcome in regards to the partnership.
  • An outdoor set up for focus group discussion was outstanding due to the ambience. This will be embraced going forward.
  • There still exist wide information gap on the available opportunities in different sectors of our economy. This calls for continued effort to grow the number of mentors of diverse professional backgrounds.  

 

10. Challenges encountered (if any )

  • Time; A few mentors did not make it on time in the morning hence we were behind schedule in the first school. We had to adjust the programme and finish late to cover what we had intended for the students.  
  • Infrastructure; the road between Voi and Wundanyi is under construction; hence we had to take additional 30 minutes going through diversions & evading portholes along the way.
  • In Mwangeka, the main hall was hosting different function and thus we had to conduct our sessions outdoor. Hence the planned power point presentation to the girls was not done. 
  • No chemistry teacher present in Mwangeka, even though we had the assistant chief examiner in the subject with us.

11. Key recommendations

  • Encourage school Principals, where possible, to be attending our events.
  • The secretariat to seek  more Partnership with corporate bodies for the benefit of the schools and students
  • Long term working relationships with KMA & WOMESA need to be sought.  This is to address the wide information gap on Maritime opportunities and create interest among students.
  • The secretariat to establish the careers that are not represented within the current pool of mentors, and deliberate measures to be taken to attract professionals in those fields.
  • The secretariat, to quickly follow to make sure the Maths club sets off. In addition revision papers, as promised, are sent to the schools regularly.
  • WOMESA to do a follow up on their envisaged mentoring and clubs formation on the two schools.
  • Teachers to give feedback after evaluating their students on the tips and strategy given by the Assistant Chief Examiner.

12. Any other Comments

  • The mentors were enthusiastic and took pleasure in every moment of the day including the breathtaking countryside of Taita hills.  
  • The presence of KMA staff on board blended extremely well with Undugu Mentors to bring in invaluable input in the lives of the students.
  • This was one of the most fulfilling mentoring events in the calendar of 2012.
  • On the sides with teachers, we discussed the idea of an exposure trip for a few students per school on merit. This is to provide an opportunity to expose the students of the remote schools and impress on them that they have been carefully selected because they have all what it takes to excel and proceed to university. This is in line with our plan to pick 10 students in five schools for an exposure trip to Mombasa in August/ September. Planning is underway.

 

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