Again, this special day is held for the Class 8's (Std 8's) and they're motivated, they receive gifts from the company and of course, they're prayed for.
Even though this is Africa and works on Africa time, we didn't have long to wait before the proceedings got under way. While we waited, Sue took photos of me and Sharda with different facial poses.
The local church minister, Pastor Gideon opened the day with a prayer.
The scouts started off the day with a beautifully executed parade.
Then the Class 8's performed a poem as a thank you for the MD and the company.
Poetry in motion
The speeches were delivered well and to the point.
Caroline, Head Teacher (Headmistress) of the school
Head girl, Deborah Awino
The MD. The company supports several other schools in the valley too.
And Guest Speaker, John Tirop, Principal of Kipkeino School, Eldoret. What a charasmatic man and what a powerful message he delivered, especially to the Class 8's
Then it was gift time. Each of the 20 Class 8's was given a back - pack, a leaner board, a pen and pencil set and a calculator.
Note how the African shakes hands. He/she places the left hand onto the elbow of the right hand. This is to show that he/she has nothing hidden in the hand not being shaken and therefore poses no threat to the other person!
We sang hymns together and then it was time to form a semi-circle behind the Class 8's and pray for them. This was a very moving part of the day for me
The candidates' parents and siblings were invited to the prayer day. When the proceedings were over, we all repaired to a large hall for lunch which had been prepared by company chef, Wheatcliffe. By the time we went to lunch, the group of parents had trebled from 10am from the start of the prayer day. The company always makes allowance for this: not everyday you have a slap-up meal and a choice of sodas in the valley!
After lunch, Sue took me to the computer room to see the new touch screen Smart boards that the company had bought for the school. When a board member, visiting the mine with the owner last week , saw these, he said that they didn't have them in their Canadian schools yet!
IT lady Antonina gives me a demonstration
On the way home, we came across these two children with their aunt. The little boy in the middle is the same one I posted about in my Sunday post as the Future Faces of Kenya. We just loved the hands-on-the-hip stance!
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