We held our annual meeting of all sponsored students on December 17. We had our best turnout yet of students and their parents/guardians, including those who do not live in the area.
The first hour was spent reading through Knock’s policies and answering all questions from the students and parents. We discussed our expectations of the students’ behavior and signed agreements stating they read and understood the policy.
Next we congratulated all our graduating students this year – 10 in total – who finished primary, secondary and vocational studies. We also presented a well-deserved gift to Oliva, who finished 5th in her Form 1 class. We are so proud of her performance; coming from a Swahili-medium government school to an English-medium secondary school usually requires at least a one year adjustment period. But she clearly worked incredibly hard and her scores illustrate that. We have not yet received all students’ school reports – there are likely more who have scored in the top 5 of their classes.
New to the meeting this year was the addition of a short seminar for our students, led by YOCOSO, the facilitators of our Conscious Clubs. The primary school students talked about cleanliness and hygiene, decision making and goal setting while the secondary school-aged students focused on good decision making and sexual and reproductive health. It’s important to us that we continue to provide this kind of education and open environment that is often missing from typical school curricula.
Lastly, we served lunch and fielded any last questions and concerns from the students. Overall, it was a very productive meeting and we look forward to another successful year!