Karibuni sana Nyote,
Asante Walimu — today we thank all teachers who worked with us countrywide in the 2015 Digital Essay Competition! We thank you on behalf of our entire digital ecosystem: families, publishers, authors, device providers, network operators, government stakeholders, the nation itself — we all depend on the future that teachers deliver.
An American poet William Carlos Williams wrote,
so much depends upon
a red wheel barrow
glazed with rain water
beside the white chickens.
So much that’s alive and practical and much that’s metaphysical depends on you the teachers, as my grandmother, my mother, my wife’s mother, my uncle, and I too have all been in our lives.
Walimu wa Kenya: you supported your students again helping them go digital together. This year with your help they created more digital essays than ever: 2,120 in total. Thank you to all head teachers and teachers in the schools, especially the language teachers and ICT teachers who were the majority in 2015 again as in past years. And thank you to the teachers who marked all the essays we received from 45 of 47 counties this year. These same teachers were responsible for providing the written feedback that you have received on your pupils’ essays.
I thank you all sincerely, and here recognize 12 teachers among the many who participated. These are just a few of the teachers that have joined and grown the impact of DEC in multiple years, several of them have had finalists or winners. We are honored by the dedication of teachers countrywide and consider you sisters and brothers.
|KERICHO PRIMARY SCHOOL||MRS. NANCY LANGAT|
|MARALAL PRIMARY SCHOOL||MRS. VERONICA MUTHONI|
|MBAGATHI ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL||MRS. CHRISTINE OKELLO|
|RICHBRAINS ACADEMY||MR. JUMA|
|THIKA ROAD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL||MRS. KIBUCHI|
|VISA OSHWAL PRIMARY SCHOOL||MR. DANIEL OKOTH|
|MALINDI HIGH SCHOOL||MR. SAMWEL KAZUNGU|
|ALLIANCE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL||MR. PETER OWINO|
|ALLIANCE HIGH SCHOOL||MISS ESTHER NJOROGE|
|ASUMBI GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL||MR. FELIX ODUOR|
|STAREHE BOYS CENTRE AND SCHOOL||MR. ISAAC KINYANJUI|
|MARANDA HIGH SCHOOL||MR. J. OKEWA|
In this newsletter we also recognize the DEC 2015 winning students and schools in both the Kiswahili and English categories. The complete list of DEC 2015 finalists, winners, and their schools is available at essay.ekitabu.com.
Please feel free to contact us. We welcome your feedback and your input for future newsletters.
Sincerely yours, Will