At 6.30am on a January morning, blue uniforms are lined up on the dusty roads to Angira Primary Public School, located in a Kisumu suburb, 350 kilometers from Nairobi. Aged between 3 and 16, the pupils walk beside a brand new school, resplendent with colour.
In 2012, AFD started financing an integrated urban development project for the City of Kisumu, the third biggest town of the country, with 600,000 residents. One component of the project consists in constructing new facilities for 5 public primary schools, majority of which are located in the suburbs, and were in a dilapidated state.
Angira Primary School is one of them. Today, everyone in the school is eager to benefit from the spacious and modern school. But the pupils will have to be patient: the construction works are about to be complete. In the meantime, they carry on towards their current classrooms, which are small and dark in comparison.
In Kenya, the pupil to teacher ratio is 45:1. In Angira, this ratio has been largely exceeded and it is not uncommon for a pupil to share a class with 90 other pupils.
The new facility will double the number of available classrooms and will provide a desk for each pupil. This should have a direct impact on improving the comfort and concentration of the children.
The doubling of the classrooms will call for more teachers. The school’s Headteacher is ready to request additional teachers from the Teachers Service Commission, the entity in charge of recruiting teachers in the public sector.
In the old facility, teachers and pupils had to share a small number of latrines, in a really bad state.
The new structure includes a sanitary block, with separate toilets for boys and girls, for the younger and older ones, and outside sinks.
The new facility also respects several norms: the toilets are accessible to people with disabilities.