Lelesas Alfred Loitasha




Alfred was born in 2000. He comes from the Mewa area at the foothills of the Matthew Range, about 20 kilometers from Ndonyo Wasin Primary School and about 50 kilometers from the road. His family are traditional nomadic pastoralists who move during periods of drought in search of water and pasture for their cows and goats. Their livestock are their primary source of food. In 2003 a preschool/kindergarten opened up in the Mewa area. Classes took place under the shade of a large thorn tree with a blackboard propped against the tree. A warrior with a few years’ experience of school was the teacher. None of Alfred’s family had ever been to school and his parents decided to send Alfred to see what it was like. However, the following year was a severe drought year and his parents had to take him out of school because his two elder brothers were so busy looking after the cows that they needed help caring for their goat herd. Alfred had loved learning numbers and ABCs and missed being in school. Once his younger sister was a little bit older and the family was more able to manage their needs, his parents were eager to send Alfred back to preschool. Then in 2006 he accepted into the Ndonyo Wasin Primary School.
Alfred has always been among the top students in his class. He loves reading and is an excellent debater. He says that it is his love of reading and debating that has helped him to do so well in school — plus, of course, a lot of hard work. In his class 8 exams he achieved marks of 316.


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