March 2015 JOAC Trip to Sermon on the Mount School
The Proposal is to build a new nursery school complex to replace the two existing wooden hut classrooms at the Sermon on the Mount Primary School. The following buildings are included;
- A Classroom block consisting of two 8m x 8m classrooms for 40 children in each room
- A new separate latrine for the nursery children
- Two units of accommodation for the families of two nursery teachers
The existing nursery classrooms are sited in the playground area of the primary school. They are only temporary structures made of wood and reused roofing sheets: during heavy rainfall the children have to relocate to either the church or share space in the primary school classrooms as the buildings are not waterproof. The space taken up by the temporary buildings also means that the netball and football areas of the playground cannot be fully used.
The Jersey team EFLO kindly donated the money needed to buy a new site across the road directly opposite the Primary School. this has been under cultivation for the past two years. During this time the numbers of the nursery pupils has gradually increased, there are 72 presently attending. The new classrooms would be able to accommodate a maximum number of 80. This figure has been agreed with the school Management committee and EFLO.
The community do not have sufficient means to provide towards the costs of the new buildings
During the past 12 months the school has gradually taken the responsibility for meeting its own running costs. By February 2015 when contributions by the Jersey EFLO will cease and all costs will be covered by parent’s contributions and the small government grant in accordance with the Early Childhood Development Policy. The parents currently meet approximately 80% of the costs for teachers pay, a meal and stationary.
- The Projects outcome is to improve educational standards
- The longterm retention of valued teaching staff
- A valued asset to the Kitzito community
The project will be managed by the Sermon on the Mount Management Committee. the role of Project Management will be carried out by Mrs Margaret Nakaya and Mr Alfred Lejju. Site clearance, some of the excavation works and water supplies will be overseen by Mr David Owino. On completion all aspects of the administration of the new nursery complex will continue to be the responsibility of the School Director and the Management Committee. The work will start on site in February with a construction period of no more than 4 months.
Education is the key to long term progression and a better future for all. In 2007 we helped build a new school.