On Saturday, 11th March 2017, 60 Form 3 students visited Machakos Secondary School for the Deaf. Mr. Muhia, Mr. Haggai and Mr. Githaiga accompanied them. They began their journey at around 8:45 a.m and reached Machakos at around 11:30 a.m.

 The Deputy Principal of Machakos Secondary School for the Deaf welcomed the visitors and went ahead to introduce the members of staff present. The Strathmore group went ahead to introduce themselves and further explained the purpose of their visit. Being a school for the deaf, an interpreter was used.

 The students were then divided into two groups. The first group was to engage in peer teaching while other group was to have an inter-school debate.

During peer teaching the students of both schools were divided into smaller groups and worked through a mathematics paper. Any student who didn’t understand a certain concept was encouraged to ask questions so that his peers may help him understand. This was the essence of peer teaching.

It was a unique and enjoyable experience for the Strathmore students. One of the students, David Omondi commented: “It is my first time being in a room where there is so much communication yet no sound is being made.”

The debate motion was “City Life or Village Life. Better which?” It was a face-off kind of debate where a student was to give one point to support their stand before allowing the opposer to counter.  Village Life emerged victorious.

After the peer teaching and debate the Strathmore students were taught simple sign language such as the alphabet, simple family terms like mother and father, food terms like ugali and fish and the signs for various places like Nairobi and Nakuru. The Kenya sign language session ended at 1:30 pm and the students went for lunch.

 The students gathered in the main assembly ground at 1:40 pm for the presentation of the items donated by the students.

 After a brief photo session, the students boarded the buses at 2:20 pm and began the journey back to school where they arrived in school at around 4:15 pm.

On Saturday, 11th January 2017, Form 4 students went to Kabete Rehabilitation centre situated on Lower Kabete. The group comprised of 61 students and four teachers namely Mr. Karani, Mr. Onyango, Mr. Kerongo and Mr. Maina. A good number of those absent were representing the school in a basketball tournament in Upper Hill School.

Kabete Rehabilitation Centre is a government run institution with a current population of 62 pupils and 26 members of staff. This is a drop from 2016 by almost 50%. The population will go up during the course of the year when the new batch of students is dispatched.  The institution is considered a medium risk institution since it accommodates petty offenders between the ages of 11 to 17 years who are sent by the Children’s courts. It offers primary education for classes 5 to 8 and also vocational training such as tailoring, masonry, cookery and metal work.

We were received by Pastor Stephen Nganga, who was on duty, in the company of five staff members and the 62 students. This reception took place in the assembly grounds.

They assigned a Mentor (Strathmore student) to each Kabete student.  Activities of the day included trimming and slashing, sweeping and cleaning the assembly grounds, raking and piling the trash in a pit, splitting firewood using axes, helping in the kitchen and helping the IT department (2 students)

Sports was the highlight of the day with a captivating football match that ended 3 – 0 in favor of Strathmore.

The class managed to donate the following items: tissue, bar soap, toothbrush, petroleum jelly, maize flour, wheat flour, cooking fat, cooking oil, sugar, salt, rice, green grams, beans and other cereals, slippers, shoes, exercise books, pencils, baking powder, tea leaves, revision books, milk and mangoes.

At around 4:35 pm, they arrived at School safely.