Education: feeding the future

One of the Millennium Development goals is to ensure that by 2015 children everywhere complete primary education.

n Kenya, issues ranging from hardware to hunger stop children receiving an education. Three British couples were determined to make a difference after holidaying there and set-up the Mikoroshoni Primary School near the Mombasa coast. The school provides free education for over 300 children and is thriving under the inspired leadership of Headmaster Joshua Kadenge.

Most recently the Trust has been informed that three of the pupils have been awarded places at National Secondary Schools (the best secondary schools in Kenya) following the results of their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams last November. Approximately 5% - 10% of pupils passing their KCPE exams are offered places at National Secondary Schools and this is the first time any of the Mikoroshoni Primary School pupils have achieved high enough marks to gain places at National Secondary Schools.

The Trust has funded a classroom, well, toilets and a kitchen for the school and is funding a vital feeding programme proved to boost the enrolment, attendance and academic performance with the results of this programme starting to come to fruition. In March 2013, the Saga Charitable Trust agreed to continue to fund the feeding programme for a further 2 years.

It is a great privilege to be able to help provide the gift of an education to hundreds of children who may otherwise not have had the opportunity, children who may go on to do great things and help break the cycle of poverty.

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