Faru Team Burra Update: 01 March 2005
Isaac Maina. Mutua Koti. Sammy Adero. Muoni Ikuthu. Peter Wambua Phillip Kipkorir 2 K.W.S Rangers.
This month we patrolled Irima, Ndii, Kulalu ranch and Ngutuni.
224 SNARES RECOVERED
We started patroling locally, covering the area outside the park entrance. Between Lion Hill and the Voi River two snares were lifted and we collected and disposed of masses of litter comprising of plastic water and soda bottles, beer cans and cigarette packets.
HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP. A major clean up of the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, between Mtito Andei and Voi. This exercise was conducted over a two day period during the Easter holiday, and was jointly done by Three of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s de-snaring teams, and KWS, over 150 participants who came from the Manyani Field Training School. More than twenty tones of litter, tyre debris, polythene bags, plastic bottles and refreshment cans were collected and ferried to designated spots before being burned.
Ore primary school started as a Pre-school in 1993, the teacher when it opened was Mrs. Holiness Mbogho. In 1997 it was raised to primary school level thus splitting the school from the mother school in Ghazi. The primary school came under the leadership of Mr. Walter Mwawasi and 43 pupils were enrolled. The community decided to do this split in order to reduce the distance the children had to travel to get to and from school, to reduce the number of pupils at Ghazi. However as the school developed it was faced with several severe problems which were a huge hindrance to its prospering these included the shortage of teaching and learning facilities as well as the lack of physical facilities such as classrooms, desks, text books, water and sanitation These factors adversely affected the learning of the students, thus leading to a low mean score of 196.81 in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education results in 2004 which was their first year of sitting the exams. They were ranked 173 out of 182 schools in the Taita Taveta district. In 2003 the Government chipped in by providing text books and other teaching materials. The parents tried their level best to establish physical facilities, but due to financial constrains they were unable to meet their target. Thus they only managed to construct four classrooms which are still incomplete. The same year the government also took charge of providing for the teachers salaries. At the same time World Vision made a donation which enabled the community to have two permanent classrooms erected. Another donation came from the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) who donated money toward the building of twenty desks, seven chairs and the purchasing of some teaching/learning materials. During the month of March Ore primary school was officially presented with the school furniture and water project courtesy of a donation made by Bury High School of England.
A tree nursery was set up with the wildlife club members of Kajire primary school. The exercise which was conducted through a local forester, Mr. Sare, is aimed at training pupils on how to procure seeds put up a nursery and propagate the seedlings themselves.