87 pupils write book on experiences during the Covid-19 holiday

87 pupils from different schools that border the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Narok West Sub County have completed writing a book on their experience during the ‘Covid-19 holiday’.

The book titled ‘Student Voices from Kenya’ addresses the effects of Covid-19 on learning and livelihood, aimed at improving both oral and writing skills among the young learners in the pastoralist community.

Speaking at the award-giving ceremony held at Aitong community empowerment centre, an American philanthropist Barbra Mackraz said the book writing has helped in building confidence among youth.

“The book shows the experiences of the students when they were at home during the nine months the schools were closed because of Covid-19. I strongly believe in the power of both writing and reading,” she said.

 

Mackraz, also the founder of Olive Seed Foundation Kenya added that her organization will not relent in awarding members of the community who do outstanding roles in improving learning and conserving the environment.

She reiterated the need for young people to share their experiences and build confidence, adding one of the best ways to do this is by putting it in writing.

The young writers and those who performed key roles in sensitizing residents on Covid-19 during its onset in March 2020 were recognized and awarded with solar lanterns and reading materials by the foundation.

Amos Kipeen, a Co-founder of Olive Seed Foundation Kenya said he was impressed by the young learners who came together to participate in writing the book irrespective of the challenges they faced, among them lack of electricity.

Kipeen is optimistic that solar lanterns and learning materials that were awarded to the pupils will go a long way to better reading culture among the young learners in the community.

He echoed the selfless input by all teachers in ensuring the success of the book adding that the pupil experiences are worth reading.

“We will continue supporting the young writers so that they can perfect their skills. We are proud of their teachers who played a key role in the success of the book,” said Kipeen.

Thomas Etemesi, a teacher at Ole Kimtare Primary School, expressed joy saying the initiative has improved the students’ confidence in writing and reading.

Linda Njapit, a class six pupil at Aitong Boarding Primary School, James Muli, a class five pupil at St. John Paul II mission Primary School and Selina Lemurt a class four pupil at Ole Kimtare Primary School are among the pupils who participated in the writing of the book.

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