Vivian’s gap year
Latest news: 29 June 2018
Vivian Naimutie Salah is one of the 24 Maasai women who graduated high school in 2017. She attended Dr Kakenya Ntaiya’s groundbreaking school for girls, Kakenya’s Centre of Excellence. Women for Change is supporting Vivian and the others in her graduating class to tertiary studies as part of our scholarship program. In this piece, Vivian writes about her gap year.
Vivian’s gap year
My name is Vivian Naimutie Saleh. I am a beneficiary of the Kakenya Centre for Excellence. Before passing away, my mother raised my siblings and I by herself. I am the eldest child and my sister is currently in Grade 10. My youngest sibling passed away too. I am an orphan and I stay with my guardian.
I am enjoying the Gap Year Program. Currently, I am volunteering at a public school near my home called Oltikampu Primary School. I assist students in their weak subjects and help teachers in practising extra-curricular activities like music. I get to interact a lot with pupils and we share a lot.
The computer training was something new for me as I had never seen or used one before. I appreciate that I am computer literate. The lessons were enjoyable.
I feel so good that I am joining college because the few people in my family that cleared high school were unable to join college. This is hope for my family especially my younger sister. I will be taking a diploma in teaching because I am passionate about empowering young people with information.
I hope to live a better life than the one my mother lived. In addition, I would like to help my family by helping younger relatives get an education. Apart from being a teacher, I would like to be a counsellor and a motivator.
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Vivian would like to go to Moi University to study for a diploma in education to become a secondary school teacher. She would like to come back to her community to teach students and highlight the importance of education.
Vivian and her peers are preparing for university. She has never used a computer up until now so she has been undergoing computer training at a local training centre.