Three things a parent values about her child's education
“There is spiritual nourishment.”
Is it a universal concern of parents to want a good education for their children? From our perch at ARDF we would say yes!
Like all parents, Elizabeth Diko of Sololo, Kenya, wanted the best for her two children. She had them in a local primary school, but it didn’t have a lot of resources, so when Tumaini Academy opened, she brought them to Tumaini.
What means the most to her about this school?
An excellent academic reputation: The children from Tumaini have gone onto top Kenyan high schools. In fact, the very first year that Tumaini students sat for the Kenyan National exam, they were the best performing in the region. As Elizabeth told us, “other parents, they were asking me, how did you get your child into [this elite] high school. They wanted me to help their child.” This is because Tumaini Academy had prepared her child for the high school entrance exam (a national exam). Now, her daughter is thriving in high school, thanks to the firm foundation of Tumaini.
Resources: In Northern Kenya, this means that the school has water. The Sololo area is currently experiencing a drought. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon in this arid landscape. Tumaini has large water tanks that capture rain water and store it throughout the year. This ensures that the students and teachers will always have water to drink. Tumaini also has academic resources. To help them study for the national exam after 8th grade, Tumaini provides the study books. This is the equivalent to having the series of SAT and AP study guides available in the library.
A nurturing and holistic environment: Elizabeth loves that her children were treasured at Tumaini. This comes from the Christian worldview that each teacher and administrator holds at Tumaini. “The school is a wonderful one. In terms of even educational, spiritual, and even physical. There is a pastoral program for spiritual nourishment.”
What about you? What do you value about a great education?