A teacher at St. Paul’s Lugari Boys High School in Lugari Sub-county, Kakamega County, had one of the most fulfilling moments of his career after students he taught years ago paid him a visit.
Mwalimu Wilson Olenja, who teaches Mathematics and Computer Studies, said he felt honored and privileged by the actions of the 17 old boys who came to him to say thanks for being part of their success.
“It feels good to teach boys and they excel. You know, there is passing in school and succeeding in life, two different things. Students telling you, ‘Mwalimu you shaped us’ is the best feeling ever,” the proud teacher said.
The old boys, led by Ezekiel Abwaho, who recently graduated from Kenyatta University with a bachelor’s degree in health services management, brought good news to both teachers and students.
“They spoke to the current boys and inspired them to study hard. They even bought them mandazi. One student was motivated to the point of saying he wanted to study and be like them in future. They also had a fruitful talk with their teachers about coming up with a strong alumni association,” Mwalimu Olenja said.
“Education and talent alone will not bring you success. Create and maintain your human network. Spare time to catch up with people that you’ve not seen or talked to for long: former classmates or workmates, new or old networks, chama guys and many more. Unlock the hidden power of human connections!” The teacher posted on his Facebook.
Deal for an alumni association
Ezekiel Abwaho revealed to the Western Kenya Times that their plan is to bring together old students of the school to form a vibrant alumni association.
“We have a great agenda for our former school. We want to start with 500 and expand. So far, we are around 50,” he said.
He stated that the main objective of the association will be to play a role in mentoring students and ensuring that the school records competitive results that will attract other students to the school.
“We told the students to look up to us as mentors and to reach out to us whenever they felt we could help,” Ezekiel explained.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.