With the the support of the Big Five Breweries and the ACV Scholarship 360 Tours created a virtual tour of Mashimoni Primary School. The virtual tour is best viewed fullscreen
Kibera Slum, Nairobi
Mashimoni is a primary school in the Kibera slum of Nairobi which has just under 600 pupils, many of whom are orphans and live in shacks with grandparents or distant relatives. The Balcraig Foundation took over the management of the school in 2007, dramatically reshaping the standard of education, facilities and school environment.
Since 2007, a programme of reconstruction has transformed mud classes into brick built classrooms with desks and blackboards, the grounds have been re-designed with grass and plants and proper canteen facilities have been developed to provide a safe and conducive learning environment. In addition, the World Food Programme joined the cause and now provides daily meals for the children.
Most importantly, the standard of education offered is now exceptionally high, which has led to the achievement of outstanding results every year since 2007. In 2011, Standard 8 leavers scored an average of 275 points – 25 points above the average - proving that despite coming from hugely deprived backgrounds, these children are able to positively influence their futures through the education and support they receive at Mashimoni.
Due to the level of poverty in Kibera, children are often sent to school simply to be fed, rather than educated. The mission of this project is to promote social equality by encouraging education in a slum environment.