I had the incredible opportunity to visit Joyland High School in Kisumu, Kenya. This was something I was really looking out to. We wanted to follow up on the progress of their school. Last year a number of their students came for the annual Maseno Math’s camp with one of their maths teacher.
Thursday 29th October was the day to visit the school. I woke up early enough and prepared myself. Patrick and I, who is also an intern at African Maths Initiative(AMI) took a vehicle to the School. This cost us ksh 150 each to get to the School. We signed in the visitor’s pass as we entered the school gate. We walked directly to the office where we met the School head teacher and introduced ourselves to him and were warmly welcomed. The math teacher then took us to the computer lab where we met the computer science teacher. On our way to the lab, we saw an interesting notice from Joseph one of the students who came for last year Maths camp reminding other students to apply for the upcoming Maths camp and were really impressed. The School had passionate teachers. They had around 15 computers in the lab. I saw random students moving around every now and then. The School environment reminded me what it was like to be me five years ago. It was the land I grew up on. It still blows my mind that I have been out of high school for that long. I did not belong there anymore.
We had pretty meaningful conversation with the computer science teacher. Zack who is our C.E.O. at AMI took the students through mathematical thinking while Bonface a Director from World Possible Kenya introduced the teachers and students to new learning resources. Patrick and I finally introduced ourselves to students and shared our activities at AMI. It was great to see how enthusiastic the students were. It was quite a full day and I had a lot of catching up to do. Overall, I was quite pleased with my visit. We sincerely thanked the school for the warm welcome before we left.