Earlier this year, Tarnos School in western Kenya was welcomed into the Ecologia family. Founded in 2009, Tarnos is a low-cost community school providing quality education for children in a large rural area inhabited by the Kalenjin, Kikuyu and Luo communities. What began as a simple building for 50 children, is now a school for two nursery years and a full eight-year primary school, with 250 enrolled pupils.
Before Tarnos, there was no opportunity for the local children to get a good enough primary education to enter secondary school. Since the first cohort sat the end of primary school exam in 2013, every child has achieved entrance, with many continuing on to excellent Kenyan secondary schools. What is happening at Tarnos is exciting and its reputation for excellence attracts good teachers. However, staff retention is a challenge due to the inability to pay normal Kenyan salaries. School fees are kept very low so that local children from the poor surrounding area can attend. The Kenyan Government has introduced a new primary school curriculum which is more child centred and emphasises skills acquisition but implementation requires new resources which are costly.
The school continues to develop with plans to enhance diet with a vegetable garden and fish pond, find ways to increase staff salaries, and build a sewerage system to ensure health and wellbeing. Despite the ongoing challenges Tarnos School has been a success. The children enjoy high-quality education in an atmosphere of faith, hope and peace.
We look forward to a rewarding new partnership with Tarnos.