The aim of Mend the Gapís long-term School Linking Project in Kenya is sustainably link the students, teachers and Board of Governors of the linked schools in Kenya with their contemporaries in the UK initially and later link the Kenyan schools to contemporaries globally. Linking not only involves cultural exchange and ties but also the establishment curriculum and extra-curriculum links as well as learning from each other and undertaking reciprocal visits to exchange experiences. Mend the Gap makes this possible by enabling secure and web chats between vetted participants on either side of the linked schools. We also are known and trusted by the two linked schools and will continue to follow-up and sustain relationships even when responsible key staff or boards of governors that have been involved either change or move on.
The 14 schools that Mend the Gap works with in Nyamira County will systematically be linked in a long-term way with the schools that Mend the Gap works with in South West England. In January 2013, Kebirichi Secondary and Primary Schools, Nyariacho Primary and Nyariacho Secondary Schools, Girango Primary and Girango Secondary Schools are linked to Schools in England. As the number of linked schools in Kenya expand, so will the linked schools in England increase in number.
The 14 linked schools and the others to follow with linking in Kenya will also be linked to other schools globally that will be interested to be enabled to link with Kenyan schools in turn.
Naturally, organised exchange visits by individuals from linked schools has led to the individuals separately or in groups travelling back to Kenya to go on ethical safaris and to volunteer during gap-years, year-outs or holidays. This fits in well to support our ethical safaris and volunteering projects as highlighted in the ethical safaris and volunteering project section.