LONGIDO DISTRICT LEARNING CENTRE
The Longido District Learning Centre (LDLC) officially opened on February 5, 2016. It is located in the heart of Longido Village and is readily accessible to students who attend several nearby nursery, primary and secondary schools. LDLC offers resources and programs to all age groups as well as quiet space for independent study, meeting space for community groups and opportunities for Open University students. There is a modest computer room, and a growing collection of reading materials and educational toys and games, The LDLC has a staff of 6 including 3 teachers funded by the Longido District Council. It is a hub for informal educational opportunities in Longido.
STUDENT EXPERIENCES AT THE LEARNING CENTRE
John Kilusu: “Education is the light and will serve me for life.”
John left Longido Secondary School in the middle of Form 3. He is from a traditional Maasai family. His father has four wives and a total of 30 children. Four of the children went to primary school; the rest have no schooling. John has been out of school for 3 years and is now 18. At home, there is nothing for him to do and there is no work. He wants to go to school but “my father is a colonial man. He is not supporting me. He gives me permission to go to school but no money.” When John heard about the Learning Centre he was there the following week and has been there every day since studying in preparation for exams. He wants an education to help his family and to help them have better health. In his words: “Education is the light and will serve me for life”.
Philipo Laiser: “It is quiet and there are many reference books.”
Philipo is a very dedicated student who has been studying at the Library since 2013. He completed Form 4 in secondary school but his marks were not good enough to continue. For the past 3 years he has been studying on his own 6 days per week and will write his Form 6 exams in May. He wants to go to University to become a secondary school history teacher. He is one of the first users of the newly installed computers and he is delighted with how they help him expand his knowledge of history. John feels that the learning Centre keeps him motivated: “I like the Learning Centre because it is quiet and there are many reference books.”
Linda went to Longido Secondary School and completed Form 4 but her marks were low and she wants to retake exams in History, Civics, English and Geography. Linda will write her exams in November and then she hopes to go to private school for Form 5. Linda plans to be a lawyer. “At our home we have no books. As a private candidate, I am not allowed to study at school while 0thers are in class.” At the Learning Centre Linda and others in her situation have the opportunity to pursue their education.