Iltolish Mara Primary School
Kichwa Tembo Lodge / Bateleur Camp, Kenya
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Iltolish Community, in Kenya, lies on the top of the escarpment, 8km from andBeyond Kichwa Tembo lodge and the Masai Mara National Reserve.
In 2007, Iltolish community came together to build the first classrooms and teachers’ accommodation that would create a primary school for their children. The responsibility for supplying teachers lies with the Government, and they fulfilled their commitment of supplying a teacher for each classroom. Iltolish Mara Primary school quickly grew and as it expanded, space became an issue. Some classes were taught out of the local church. Africa Foundation was approached by the community for assistance and were thrilled to raise enough funds to build five new classrooms.
Recently the community leadership approached Africa Foundation for financial assistance in further development of the school – to build dormitories for boys and girls and teachers’ accommodation cottages.
Our support commenced with fundraising for the students’ dormitories due to concerns around the distance the children were walking to access school, and the safety issues that surrounded this. Already, some students were sleeping at the school in a makeshift dormitory and on the classroom floor. Both dormitories have now been constructed, each accommodating 96 students.
Our goal now is to address the issue of accommodation for the teachers.
In extremely rural areas, such as this, it is rare to find qualified teaching staff and therefore the Government allocates teachers from outside of the region to work in the schools. It is the responsibility of the school to provide accommodation for their staff. The community built basic rooms using wood and iron sheeting. Africa Foundation proposes to construct eight, one-bedroom teachers houses to replace the current informal structures and provide the teaching staff with the dignified living quarters that they deserve.