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Dozens_of__pupils_wash_hands__to_work_on_the__Global_hand_washing_dayDid you know that a Mayor can be taken to court for failing to provide clean water within his municipality? Well, this is one among a raft of measures being explored towards improving personal hygiene in our cities. This was revealed during the October 15, 2011, global hand washing day, where more than 10,000 school children washed hands together using soap and water at Afraha Stadium Nakuru. The event was presided over by the Minister for Public Health and Sanitation, Ms Beth Mugo and attended by close to 100 town mayors and officials from partner organizations. Thousands of children from within and outside Nakuru town also participated.

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EDUCATIVE AND FUN STORYMOJA HAY FESTIVAL 2011 PDF Print E-mail

kids submit art workThe three-day activities at the 2011 Storymoja Hay Festival held on 16th to 18th September 2011 at the Railways Grounds, Nairobi, Kenya were unforgettable. Schools, individual children and adults in attendance participated in a myriad of science, drawing, writing, dance, comedy, storytelling and reading activities that engaged their minds and sparked their creativity.

Of note was UK Comedian James Campell’s Comedy 4Kids show, Mchongoanos with Joshua Muraya, the funky science experiments led by Tracy Shiundu and University of Nairobi science students, Kuruka Maisha’s dance workshop and David Ohingo’s songwriting workshop. A number of children got to publish their own books in about five hours, while winners of the Reading Marathon were awarded. A number of international poets and writers were also at the event, willingly sharing their success tips and experiences.

 

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THE STORYMOJA HAY FESTIVAL 2011 PDF Print E-mail

A gathering of incredible minds this weekend

The ‘plan’ this weekend is the Storymoja Hay Festival 2011. The annual festival brings together international writers and personalities to celebrate stories, ideas, writing and personalities to celebrate stories, ideas, writing and contemporary culture. This year, the festival will run from 16th to 18th of September 2011 at the Railways Sports Ground in Nairobi, Kenya.

Storytelling, music, books, live-discussions, forums, demonstartions, workshops, open mic sessions, debates, exhibitions, performances, mchongoanos and competitions will be in plenty.

The event is organized in collaboration with Storymoja, the Hay Festival (UK) and the British Council.

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LOADS OF TALENT SHOWCASED AT THOMAS BURKE PRIMARY SCHOOL, NAIROBI PDF Print E-mail

The wide array of talent being nurtured at Thomas Burke Primary School in Buruburu, Nairobi was quite apparent at their Talent DayContortionist held on Satuarday July 23 2011.

From 9 a.m to 2 p.m, teachers, students, parents and other friends of the school were exposed to talented young scientists, singers, poets, dancers, acrobats, artists, reporters, contortionists, sportsmen, fashion designers, cooks, models among others. Overall winners (selected by the judges) in each category were awarded.

The fashion show was one of the items in the program that really got the students at the school excited. Outfits reflecting African, Asian and Western cultures were well-executed, enhanced by the models’ graceful catwalks and creative poses.

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2011 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD CELEBRATED IN KENYA PDF Print E-mail

The International Day of the African Child has been celebrated every year on June 16 since 1991. It honours those who participated in

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the Soweto Uprising in 1976. On June 16,1976 in Soweto, South Africa, about 10,000 black school children took to the streets protesting the poor quality of education they were receiving and demanding their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young students were shot, 100 other people were killed and thousands injured during protests that continued over the next two weeks. Their efforts were not in vain as they challenged years of inferiority, injustice and discrimination all over the continent.

The International Day of the African Child was first initiated by the Organisation of African Unity (now African Union) who determine its theme every year. Besides honouring the memory of the young protestors, it also draws attention to the lives of African children today.

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