Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Rewarding Excellence

Story by Nicholas Gisemba.
Photos by Dorcas Kirwai and Rebecca Musanga

Saturday 1st Sep 2012 at was a day to remember as the boys and girls at Toi Primary School all looked in a jovial mood. Perhaps this was a result of the good work they had put into their soccer program. The day presented an opportunity to showcase the talent the players from the Kibera community have offered in different disciplines, such as best goalkeeper and best timeliness.
Girls team players
The guests of honor were area Langata District Officer Mr. Joel Mwangala, Kibera Chief Mr. Nassir Mohammed, Sarang`ombe area Chief John Mutai, two Kenyan Premier League players and the parents.  In attendance was also the Chief Executive Officer of Children of Kibera Foundation, Kenneth Okoth.

 An exhibition match between the players and their coaches drew much attention as the spectators were also treated to skillful play presented by the players.

C oaches vs. senior team exhibition match
The day also presented an opportunity to enjoy a dance performance from the Uweza dancing group who showcased their dancing skills to the parents and visitors present. Our team from the journalism club was also in motion by capturing all the moments as they unfolded.

The first performance of the newly formed Uweza Dance Club
The climax of the day was came when the winners in different categories of excellence started receiving their certificates, books and pens. The main focus of the day was to instill the spirit of hard work in all areas among the soccer players.

MacDonald Ochieng, with his mother and younger sister, accepts the certificate for Best Goalkeeper from AFC Leopards player Shaban Raul
In his addressing speech, area Langata DO Joel Mwangala, appreciated the work done by Uweza in nurturing talents among the Kibera community besides the focus given to education. He also gave the example of countries like Brazil which had excelled in sports by investing in their youth. On his part the CEO of Children of Kibera Kenneth Okoth put up an a encouraging spirit to both the parents to support their kids in education and not look down upon themselves as coming from poor families but work hard to excel in life.

Distroct Officer for Langata Joel Mwangala's closing remarks
The award ceremony also offers parents an opportunity to meet the coaches of various categories and get involved in progress of their children. The ceremony is held each term in accordance to the school curriculum.

Nicholas Gisemba, Rebecca Musanga, and Dorcas Kirwai are members of the Uweza Journalism Club.

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