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Kileva News Letter #9



CONTENTS

ICT in progress
Extra Mile Revision Strategies for class eight
Construction of the Ecd toilet in progress
Bible Sermon
Performance Inquiry
Bibles from Gideon’s International
Presenting Revision Textbooks
De-worming Workshop
Singing Game
Deworming Exercise
Class 8 Performance Discussion
School Lunch
School Trip Preparation
Class 6 Performance Discussion
Drawing Competition
Sanitary Towels Donation
School Trip to Tsavo East
Dressing a Wound


ICT in progress

Report by
Mr Mazai

Mr Mazai teaching using a projector:

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Extra Mile Revision Strategies for Class eight

Report by
Madam Priscillah,Social studies teacher.

At a recent Extra Mile Revision Strategies session for class eight pupils in Social Studies, we agreed with the pupils to do outdoor learning in the evening after classes. We sourced past papers from lower classes std 5,6,7 and 8 for the revision work. This is in the hope of raising their grades, attitude and mean score in this subject.

They received this initiative in high spirits. They divided themselves into two groups, Group A and B.

 

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Construction of the ECD toilet in progress

Report by
The Headteacher Mr Phanuel Mwalwala

Parents dug out the toilet in unity. Building materials were brought by a prominent contracter, including sand and bricks.

Construction of a water tank with a capacity of 10,000 litres for ECD is underway

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Bible Sermon

Report by
Madam Priscillah

It was a soul touching Pastoral Programme whereby Mdm Priscillah delivered a sermon from the Bible, Acts chapter 9:1-19.

This showed the pupils how God changed Saul’s name to Paul, a very powerful Apostle of God. He transformed from a bad person who persecuted Christians to a great servant of God. Pupils learnt that anyone can be transformed from bad to a good person.

 

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Performance Inquiry

Report by
Mdm Priscillah

At an inquiry into the performance levels of class eight pupil’s, we demanded that they give us the challenges facing their performance, and we also suggested solutions to the challenges.

Each pupil analysed their exams closely.

 

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Bibles from Gideon’s International

Report by
Mr Humphrey Nina,C.R.E teacher class seven

Kileva Eastfield Primary school pupils received bibles from Gideons International.

They will be useful for spiritual nourishment of the learners, and during C.r.e lessons. Class seven pupils are being shown how best to open and use the Bible.

 

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Presenting Revision Textbooks

Report by
The Headteacher

The following photos show Chairperson KIKIM presenting revision textbooks to classes eight and seven after a mentership session with the pupils conducted to inspire the children to work hard.

 

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De-worming Workshop

Report by
Deputy Headteacher and Mr Mazai

Today the Deputy Headteacher and Mr Mazai attended a workshop at Mwanyambo Primary School on how to administer deworming tablets to Kileva EastField pupils

The book gives specific details of the steps to be followed.

 

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Singing Game

Report by
Mdm Priscillah

Kileva Eastfield’s lower grade classes join in a singing game at break time.

The singing game is commonly called “Taking a letter to my father, then it got lost along the way”. In Swaheli this is “Apeleka barua yangu Kwa babaa, ikapotelea njiani”.

This is a song good for their entertainment, relaxation and competition.

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Deworming Exercise

Report by
Mr Mazai, Health Club Patron

Today Kileva Eastfied participated in the deworming exercise led by the Headteacher.

The pupils from ECD (Early Childhood Development), the Primary School Teachers, and some parents were dewormed.

 

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Class 8 Performance Discussion

 

The following ‘photos show parents, teachers and Standard 8 pupils discussing performance using the marklist.

The marklist indicates that there is an improvement. Parents promised to work closely with teachers for better results after the teachers gave out the challenges they face. They informed parents that there is still more room for improvement.

 

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School Lunch

Report by
Mdm Beata, in charge of School lunch feeding programme

Pupils at East field primary school taking their delicious lunch of Maize and beans.They washed their hands clean before eating the balanced diet.

 

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School Trip Preparation

Wildlife school members receiving their cards in readiness for the trip to Tsavo East taking place on Saturday 14 July sponsorerd by Elephants and bees research center:

Patrons Mr.mazai issued the cards and the school registration certificate to the members.

We have registered 56 members in the school, and all will be onboard next Saturday, accompanied by their patrons Mr. Mazai and Mdm Kelly.

 

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Class 6 Performance Discussion

Report by
Mdm Priscillah, Class Teacher Std 6

Class 6 Parents meeting took place today. Parents sat with their pupils for encouragement and bonding.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the performance levels of class 6 pupils. The class teacher led parents on the performance class mean scores as indicated by the exam analysis chart.

The class mean score is at 200 marks, but there’s need to raise it above 260 marks and more.

Pupils raised their challenges, and in unity we raised the solutions to the challenges they face such as working extra hard as a team, and doing proper studies and sound revision at school and at home for more success.

 

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Drawing Competition

Wildlife club members yesterday had a drawing competition, and also a briefing about the tour planned to be on Saturday 14 July sponsorerd by our neighbors the Elephants and Bees Research Center.

The girls won the competition.

The organisers of the competition were Ken from Elephants and Bees, and Mr Mazai who is the Wildlife Club Patron.

 

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Sanitary Towels Donation

Report by
Mdm Priscillah

Kileva Eastfield’s girls today received sanitary towels from the Government through the office of the County Women Representative.

This is important in keeping the girl child at school throughout the year.

The teacher demonstrated to the girls on how to use the towels and maintain hygiene.

The Headteacher gave a vote of thanks as more of such assistance is needed for the girls.

The County Women Representative is called Hon.Lydiah Haika.

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School Trip to Tsavo East

Yesterday Wildlife Club members of Kileva Eastfield Primary had an education trip in Tsavo East park. We visited the vast Mdanda rock, the Voi Safari Lodge and the vast Savana grassland of the park.

We enjoyed all our time there. We took our meals at Mdanda rock and rested for about two hours as we observed animals drinking water in the dam.

Mr. Mazai, Mdm. Kelly (Club patrones), Ken and his friend from Elephants and Bees accompanied the learners.

We are much greatful to our neighbors Elephants and Bees for organizing that trip. (Long live Dr. Lucy king)

We came across several animals including elephants, ostriches and a variety of gazelles. The climax was when we met a nlion. I was very happy and even forgot to take a photo!

 

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Dressing a Wound

Here is one of the school girls cleaning and dressing a wound of her fellow pupil yesterday.

The girl had stumbled on a stone when playing during games time. The cleaning and dressing was under supervision of health teacher Mr. Mazai.

Thanks to you all dear members and Kileva Foundation at large.

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Kileva Newsletter #8


CONTENTS

 

Cowpea Threshing
Wheelbarrow & Spades Gift
Cleaning School Compound
Sagalla Cluster Ball Games
World Environment Day
Lost Maize Harvest
Testing honey badger deterrent methods


Cowpea Threshing

Report by
Mdm Beata in charge of School Lunch Feeding Programme

Below are ‘photos of Kileva Eastfield pupils threshing cowpeas harvested from the school farm. The cowpeas will be cooked for lunch in the school feeding programme.

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Wheelbarrow & Spades Gift

Report by
George Mwaviswa-Farm club Patron

Farm club members receiving a wheelbarrow and two spades from the Elephants and Bees Team of the Save the Elephants organisation:

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Cleaning School Compound

Report by

Mdm Priscillah Nguku Music and dance patron and Teacher on duty

Pictures of routine cleaning of the school compound:

Pupil’s are eager to make their school more child-friendly by using a wheelbarrow and spades to remove stones, cowpeas husks, papers, bottles and sharp objects to the disposal pits, thus making the compound safe for pupils.

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Sagalla Cluster Ball Games

Report #1 by
Games Master, George Mwaviswa

Today we were privileged to host the Sagalla Cluster Ball Games competition. Over 15 schools took part in four disciplines namely : Football,Volleyball, Handball and Netball for both boys and girls.

Of the 10 participants from our school, 5 managed to proceed for Divisional Ballgames which will take place on 6/6/2018 at Upper Sagalla.

Report #2 by
Mdm Priscillah Nguku & Mdm Beata in charge of the School Lunch Feeding Programme.

Spectators from Sagalla zone schools today converged at the Kileva Eastfield for ball games.

Below you can see Kileva ball games players being served with a special meal to motivate them for their hard work – you see hard work does pay!

It was a great fun day indeed for the pupils at Kileva Eastfield primary school. Such a lovely way to end May month.

Below is the headteacher Mr Mwalwala addressing the crowd, giving a vote of thanks:

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World Environment Day

Report by
Md Priscillah

Today (5/6/2018) was World Environment Day. Pupils and teachers participated in making the environment clean and safe to mark this important day in Eastfield Primary school.

The learners were given gloves to protect them from germs, bottles and sharp objects.

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Lost Maize Harvest

Report by
Mdm Beata in charge of School Feeding Programme

The crops in Kileva Eastfield Primary School have dried up due to shortage of rains. They have not harvested maize. This situation has also been experienced in the villages in Mwakoma. Parents also have not harvested maize crop.

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Testing honey badger deterrent methods

Report by
International Master’s student Abi Johnson

During my time as an intern with the Elephants and Bee Project (EBP) in 2016, I became aware of the fact that honey badger predation of hives often makes the beehive fences less effective. EBP is and has been using metal sheeting on the hive posts to prevent honey badger attacks on hives with some success.

Beehives protected by metal sheeting as a deterrent

Yet, often the honey badger was still able to gain access to the hive. Once on top of the hive honey badgers use claws, teeth and sheer force of will to break through the lid of the hive. This often causes the bees to abscond, leaving the farms vulnerable to elephant crop raiding once again.

Honey badger damage to the lid of a beehive

Therefore, I decided to research economical and non-lethal honey badger deterrents as my Master’s degree thesis project. I am testing how the honey badgers of Sagalla Hill react to motion-activated lights as well as hive protection in the form of wire cages for the hives and cones for the posts. I have added these deterrents, one method per hive, to 18 hives and monitor them using camera traps.

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Camera trap photo featuring an elephant and the cone deterrents

I have been officially collecting data and camera trap footage for just over two months now, during which time my cameras have caught 4 honey badger visitations! Often when I go out into the field I just switch the SD cards and have to wait till I get back to camp to check the footage. Who knew someone’s heart could beat so fast while opening a computer file!? Generally, I get a lot of videos of hares and mongooses, which was cute at first. Yet, those videos lose their appeal when you get a taste of real data producing videos.

I was in the office after dinner sorting through footage when I came across my first honey badger video. I lost my mind a little bit, cheering the little bugger on from my desk. My yells of “climb, climb, climb” attracted my fellow Elephants and Bees team members, by which time I was out of the office dancing around with my computer. Crowded around my computer we all exclaimed in disbelief when the video cut short just as the honey badger reached the top of the post.

Camera trap showing a honey badger climbing a post to access the beehive

Once I calmed down, I saw that the next video was of the hive violently swinging as the badger walked away, meaning the honey badger must have made contact with the hive. Unfortunately, this behavior was not caught on video because of a delay between videos (this setting has since been changed). If the honey badger was able to make contact with the hive via the post, then why didn’t the hive have any damage? I suspect the wire cage deterrent must have done its job and prevented a honey badger raid on the hive. FIRST WIN OF THE PROJECT!

The next video footage of a honey badger came after a farmer, Wabongo, called to say he suspected a honey badger visited his hive. The lid was slightly dislodged and the bees had left. This hive was protected by one of the first cage prototypes, which is shorter than the current design so protects less of the hive. The honey badger spent 50 minutes attempting to gain access to the hive, whereas it only spent two minutes at the previously mentioned hive that had the full cage on it. Perhaps, the honey badger perceived the hive to be more vulnerable, motivating it to continue the raid. This extended raid duration is likely the reason the bees deserted the hive, however, it was a weak/new bee colony. I had to assure Wabongo that although the bees absconded, a stronger colony wouldn’t have left. With some grumbled Swahili, he expressed that he was willing to try the newer cage model on his next hive. I am grateful for the footage and that Wabongo didn’t give up on the project.

Honey badger visiting Hive 4 (light deterrent)

My most recent footage came from hives protected by motion-activated lights! Two hives at the same farm were visited twenty-five minutes apart. Although I can’t claim it’s the same individual scientifically, I bet it is… And if you assume it is the same individual, the honey badger spent much less time looking at the deterrent at the second hive!

Honey badger visiting Hive 4 (light deterrent)

Time diagram of Hive 4 (light deterrent) video: honey badger spent more time looking (orange) at the hive and deterrent

 

Honey badger visiting Hive 12 (light deterrent)

 

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Although I am surprised I got these four visitations and the corresponding videos, I am a bit anxious and greedy to get more! I still have not captured any honey badgers visiting the hives protected by cones. So, here’s to hoping for more honey badgers and that the deterrents continue to work!

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