Peter joined our Transition Class in 2018. He had dropped out of his previous school because his mum couldn’t afford the fees. Unfortunately, the small private school in Kibera he had been attending had not paid attention to whether he was actually learning. When he joined Transition, he had to go back three school years to learn at the right level. This was definitely a setback for him. He took some time to settle in and open up.
At the end of the year, the teachers recommended that he stayed in the same class in 2019 because he wasn’t ready to join school yet. This was another setback for him but this determined boy was not deterred. In the new year as his classmates moved on, he reported back to Transition Class and got stuck straight back in. The teachers have taken time to go through lessons he ought to have learnt in his early school years.
The work that Peter and his teachers put in paid off. Peter scored 95% in his Maths exams at the end of the first term! He has truly shown remarkable improvements not only in class but also in his character. We are so proud of his achievements and his determined spirit. He could have given up on many occasions but he kept going and is doing his best to catch up.
Peter’s determined spirit is a reminder to us to keep going even when the going is tough. We face many challenges as we try to empower children and families in Kibera. We hope to follow Peter’s example and not let any setback stop us from achieving what we’ve set out to do.
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”