Simotwet Primary School was opened as a nursery school in 1986 in the Londiani District, amid the cornfields overlooking the Great Rift Valley. It expanded into a primary school in the 1990s, and has had up to Grade 8 since 2000. All 10 classrooms on site have been converted to stone structures from the original wooden buildings, although one of the classrooms has been converted to office space. The government funds seven teachers for the school, while parents hire the rest including preschool teachers. In 2013, 306 children attended primary school, with another 70 in preschool. Currently, there are 72 boys and 120 girls being educated by 5 male teachers and 9 female teachers. The same grounds is also the location of Simotwet Secondary School serving grades 9-12. In 2018, ABW began its first project of building 2 new classrooms at the Secondary school.
The government had already built eight stone classrooms prior to our arrival, for which ABW provided some renovations. We also added three new, stone primary classrooms and built a separate, two-room preschool, with water collection systems for each. The most recently completed phase was to build a new dining room/kitchen and upgrade the drainage/water catchment system.
Headteacher John Yegon, 58, walks about three km directly uphill to work each day. It takes about an hour.
A new agricultural company has moved to the area, which is expected to bring more work and thus more families to the area.
The economy relies on agriculture, so in years of poor crops the locally paid teachers may not receive their full salary of about 4,000 Kenya shillings (around $50 Cdn) per month.
August 30, 2018 The classrooms have been completed August 11, 2018 Paint has gone on the outside and on the inside of the school June 7, 2018 More progress on the construction of the school Inside of the school April 26, 2018 The 2 classrooms in progress. April 11, 2018 Walls