Upendo Junior School

  Kiminini, Kitale-Webuye Road, Kenya


Given its humble beginnings, UJS does not have the state-of-the-art facilities. However, the School’s Board has done its best to ensure that there is a conducive learning environment for the children. The former rental houses have been refurbished and now houses the headteacher’s office and five classrooms. The temporary house formerly occupied by the Masibos (made of mud and iron roof) accommodates the Early Childhood Education (E.C.D), the staffroom, classrooms for Standards 1 and 2, a books room, and a staff room. The school also has a computer room (without running computers), a makeshift kitchen (made of clay) with children eating from outside, and four pit latrines, two for teachers and two for the children, one for boys and another for the girls.

Due to the limited space for playing, the school has recently invested in playground facilities such as swings, sliders, and merry go round, thanks to assistance from the University of Nottingham’s School of English and Mrs Karen Odaba-Mosoti, a Kenyan friend based in New York. These use less space but accord the children ample opportunity for play and psychomotor development.