American donor and architect Kurt Beckman and his Kenyan counterpart Mr. Gitonga have wasted no time is designing the future for these orphaned and vulnerable children. The orphanage and elementary school will be state-of-the-art and a huge boon to the area, ensuring the children’s’ futures.
One of the three Elementary School classrooms will be a model classroom that will be set up in a similar way to a childrens’ arts and play-based program. It is bright and open, floors are tiled, and there will be sky lights and electrical outlets on each wall. Reed ceilings instead of the standard aluminum will ensure the space remains cool in the harsh summers and dry in the winter, and white boards will be installed instead of the typical chalk black boards. Bright-colored furniture in yellow, green, blue, and candy apple red will be situated in round and horseshoe shapes to keep every student engaged, and lastly, art easels, cubbies, weaved mats, and small chairs will all made locally from sustainable, natural resources providing an income to local artisans, as well.
The curriculum will be interactive, child-centerd, thematic based program, which will be a radical departure from what is happening anywhere else in the district now. Teachers will be trained in service to this teaching approach from the first nursury classroom up through K1 and K2 and so on. Resources from donors are already beginning to pour in in support of their curriculum. In addition to Kurt Beckman’s donoation of time and energy, Singapore’s Schoolhouse by the Bay has already provided over 250 donated school uniforms for the center. In addition, Kenyan educational officials have given Sister Freda their approval of this teaching method – all that’s needed is the space in which to implement it.