During a visit to the Humane School by Föreningen Sofia in 2017 it was discovered that the school buildings was in bad condition with overcrowded classrooms that were not adapted to the student needs.
After the visit the New Humane School project started with the goal to buy land and build a new school that suits the needs and activities that fit within the Waldorf Steiner pedagogy. In addition the school should be adapted to the local context and with regard to social, ecological and economic sustainability.
The buildings will be made of local materials and local labor, require minimal maintenance and will not be connected to tap water or electricity. Instead, they take advantage of natural light and collected rainwater. The construction process itself should also contribute to the dissemination of knowledge by educating young unemployed people from the local area in ecologically sustainable construction work, and should promote gender equality and non-discrimination.
The project is programmed and designed by the local community, teachers, parents and children at the school through regular communication and participatory workshops. In addition to creating a good school for the children and jobs for the local community both during the construction process and in the operation of the school, it also creates a common pride and a sense of ownership of the project, which is important for the project's success and long-term sustainability.
The new plot for the new Humane School is a former farm situated a few hundred meters from the previous location of the school.
Today half of the plot is filled with coffee plantation and the other half is a kitchen garden with two small mud houses. Since the Board of Education didn’t have funds to buy the plot on their own the solution became that the German anthroposophical organization Freunde der Erziehungskunst bought it, with the agreement that the school can rent it for free. The price for the plot amounted to 208 000 $.
To realize the plan for the New Humane School founding is needed. We kindly ask you to support us!
School fees: 2000KES per term
Juliet Mia +254 72 188 7277
P.O. Box 3893, 30200 Kitale, KENYA
Physical address: Maili Saba, Sirende
Contact person: Anja Varis