A young bereaved girl has abandoned mourning for celebration after she scored overwhelmingly high in the just released KCSE result.
The girl is said to have lost her grandmother recently and has been in mourning at a homestead in Nyeri’s Majengo slum. She became relieved after she heard the news of her high score in 2015 KCSE result.
Once she heard the big good news, the bereaved girl named Warda Noor poured her dull mood down into the drains. Well, not just her, the entire neighbours on hearing she scored an A- on Thursday had to keep aside the wailing mood as well to rejoice with her.
People of all careers and ages including women, children and mechanics whose workshops are just a few steps away in the wide slum flooded the girl’s neighbour in jubilation for her score.
Also people in the nearby streets joined the crowd in chanting for the girl who is said to be the first female student from the village to score an A- with 75 points.
When Noor visited her parents’ house in Majengo, the news of her performance came to her and it entirely changed the mourning mood of the young woman whose heart has been heavy for losing a grandparent.
Noor is among the many students benefiting from the Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly education scholarship programme.
Speaking to The Standard, Noor said:
The text message lit up our home, although the demise of my grandmother was so fresh in our minds,”adding that the news went viral in the sprawling slum moments after.
Noor further said:
My ambition is to study medicine but since I may not have attained the required grades, I can study engineering.
I hoped to score better grades, although I faced so many challenges but I thank God that I was within the range. I thank Equity Bank staff for their dedication to keep me in school.
Her mother, Fatuma Shaib, became emotional watching the way her daughter is being honored like a queen by the entire village. With tears of joy, she said:
I thank God and the sponsors who came in and educated my daughter. The deceased grandmother passed on Wednesday and was buried the same day.
A woman who identified herself as Halima is quoted as saying:
We have never had such a bright woman from this village and this is a message that even slum girls can make it in life.
This story draws attention to the definition which a street boy earlier issued about street children not having the required opportunity they need to express their true potential.
Though Noor might not be referred to as a street child, but via a scholarship programme she has been able to exhibit her true potential for academic performance. With more opportunity like this ahead, she will someday become valuable to the country and the entire world.
There is no doubt that Kenya needs to get more less privileged children to school.