Parents had the option to pick up their child at any time from the Obambo Campus on the last Friday of the month. But, when I arrived to school that morning at 9 AM, I found that most parents were already there, embracing their girls with proud eyes and beaming smiles.
A few girls expressed to me that they were sad to leave Akili - they love their teachers, friends, and school - but I know that they are also excited for a little break from academics and time with their families. The girls worked so hard this term, so they truly deserve some time to relax!
After the term exams had ended, the girls had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Kisumu Museum, home to a wide variety of educational exhibits on Western Kenyan heritage and culture. Teacher Annette, who helped to organize the trip, said it best, it was so much fun to "break from the dormancy of sitting in class and move our pupils to learn from reality."
The girls, you could tell, appreciated this break from routine as well.
Our first stop on our museum tour was a round room that was filled with glass cases displaying various aspects of traditional Luo culture, and the girls must have circled the exhibit three times each at least! They had studied most of this information in their social studies classes earlier in the term, but now, they could see with their own eyes and touch with their own hands what they had previously only seen in their textbooks. This ability to connect their lessons to real life outside of the classroom was an invaluable experience.
They showed to me today, and to the world, that they are not just receiving an education at Akili, but they are also being instilled with pride, self-worth, and passion, that is leading them to engage with the world around them in a productive and positive way.