Last year was a big one for so many of our students and parents who took their education and self-empowerment to the next level!
The end of primary school marks an important point in the academic careers of many Kenyan students. At the end of the school year, students take the pivotal Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam. With help from study materials distributed by Jitegemee, all of our 15 exam candidates passed their tests. And 9 out of 15 Jitegemee Class 8 students received over 300 marks â€“ greater than the national average! One girl even scored over 400 marks and will have her pick of national high schools to choose from! We are so proud to continue supporting these students into their secondary school careers.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam is also an important milestone in Kenyan scholarsâ€™ academic careers. In 2018, all five Jitegemee secondary students passed their KCSE exams and in 2019 will enroll in colleges and universities throughout Kenya. To see our students attaining some of the highest levels of education after years of Jitegemee support is inspiring, and seeing one of Jitegemee’s university students graduate this year was amazing! Harrison Mutulu graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and is such an inspiration to Jitegemee students who hope to follow in his footsteps.
Jitegemee Vocational students also recently made important career moves. After eight months of participating in the Rehabilitation Class, which teaches skills such as basic literacy and numeracy, business skills, living values, and more, Jitegemee Vocational students have taken their talents to the field. They are currently working as apprentices for various business mentors in Machakos, learning the ways of running a business in trades like welding, hair-dressing, carpentry, and catering. From learning in the classroom to learning hands-on, our Vocational students have made Jitegemee and their families proud. Jitegemee stays in touch with students even from its very first Vocational class, and we look forward to these students being a part of the Jitegemee family for years to come.
Finally, Jitegemee graduated its first class of Street Business School parents at the end of 2018. These 50 hard-working parents spent hours on the Jitegemee campus learning weaving, poultry-raising, or baking skills, all while taking a course in business management and entrepreneurship. Empowered with new knowledge and skills, Jitegemee parents are now sustainably supporting their families by running their own businesses!
Jitegemee is a family, and a fixture in the Machakos community. Thatâ€™s why when students move on, even to faraway schools or to find work in another town, we know weâ€™ll meet again. We move forward together, and look forward to advancing education for years to come!