What we do
Gatoto provides high-quality holistic education at low cost to the children of the Mukuru kwa Reuben slum of Nairobi, Kenya. The school strives to achieve high academic standards and to give the children an opportunity to participate in various co-curricular activities.
Furthermore, with the support of World Food Programme and Feed The Children, Gatoto provides a hot lunch to the students, which is the only reliable meal of the day for many of them. Each child receives a packet of milk thrice a week from Tetra Pak Ltd. The school also provides HIV/AIDS education to reduce the spread of this crippling disease, as well as getting its students involved in community service.
GIDP’s core business is to support Gatoto Community Primary School in delivering primary education programmes. Further, GIDP recognizes that to build on the success of the primary school, there is the need to develop the children further through post-primary school and higher education, where possible.
The primary school follows the Kenyan National Curriculum, providing tuition to prepare the students for the state run Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) Examinations. Gatoto also teaches additional subjects including Life Skills, Physical Education and Creative Arts. It continuously seeks ways to improve its academic standards and has created a team of teachers in each subject to find ways to develop the teaching of that subject.
Remedial tuition is provided during after school hours to children of all ages who require more individual attention. There are no charges to the students for this extra work. To ensure continuous improvement in academics and co-curricular activities, GIDP conducts regular performance evaluation identifying gaps which are addressed through in-house training and resource provision.
Furthermore, there is a Social Worker who provides support and help to the students in the school. She helps many students with their problems at home.
To track the effectiveness of the post-primary programme, we have a team of 4 teachers who keep an eye on performance, attendance and general discipline of the individual students. At the end of each term, the students return copies of their report cards and meet three times each year.
Gatoto tackles the issue of food security, a major concern for most Mukuru residents. Food security in Kenya is considered 12% lower than the global normative value, with an urban food poverty rate of 38%. Consequently, many of the students at Gatoto do not receive the recommended minimum daily food intake, which has an effect on their health and performance at school.
To combat this, the school initiated a food program in 1996. It provides a daily serving of maize and beans or pulses to the students. It also provides a packet of milk to each child thrice a week. This has had many positives, including improvement in attendance, child health and development, and academic and extra-curricular performance. Before Gatoto’s feeding program was introduced in 1996, pupils were frequently unable to stay alert in class, and absenteeism was high due to poor health from chronic malnourishment. The feeding programme coupled with the climate of the school has seen the child drop-out rate drop from the high of 34% in 1995 to below 1% today.
HIV/AIDS is an enormous health issue in African Countries, including Kenya. The national HIV/AIDS rate has risen from 4% in 1990 to 14% today, with the urban rate estimated at 17.5% and an even higher rate in the slums. Education is considered critical to fighting the spread of the disease. Consequently, HIV/AIDS education is taught weekly to all children in Standards 1 and above. Furthermore, the school liaises with AIDS Organizations to invite guest speakers for the staff, parents and children throughout the school year.
GIDP believes that it has to give back to the community that has been so important to the existence and survival of Gatoto Primary School. Students participate in activities such as scouting and activities to better the community.Gatoto also helps the community by taking care of the students, even outside school.
For example unexplained, non-attendance by a pupil of more than three days duration is reported by the Class Teacher to the Social Worker who then opens a case file on the student in question. The Social Worker then follows up to determine the reason for the child's absence. In extreme hardship cases GIDP may provide a small amount of financial support such as additional food, a school uniform, or arrange temporary safe accommodation.
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