Funded by TEMBO Canada and officially opened in February 2015, the Longido District Learning Centre is a hub of activity for the entire Longido community where young and old learners gather to further their informal education. It houses a children’s and adult library, a computer centre, a study hall for independent learners, classrooms and meeting rooms. It is a space for preschool classes, adult literacy classes, community meetings, and it accommodates a host of school children who love to drop in after school to use the library. The Learning Centre has a staff of 6 including 3 teachers funded by the Longido District Council.
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”.
Linda Laiser: “At our home we have no 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 others are in class.” At the Learning Centre Linda and others in her situation have the opportunity to pursue their education.