‘Ūrī wona huria?’ was one of the questions we encountered in Fred K Kago’s, ‘wīrute gūthoma gīkūyū kīega. Why he asked this question to learners who hardly travelled out of their rural homes is a reason to wonder even now.
I hate multiple choice questions. I feel like the answers sometimes contradict each other or limit the learner’s creativity. Then there are always those tempting answers, ‘all of the above or none of the above.’
Which brings me to yet another question; This one was a few levels later in high school. While in form two at Can go free high school, they brought us this poem dubbed, ‘the beard.’ It was about a preacher who swayed in the pulpit; you know the way men of the cloak sometimes exaggerate their swagger while wearing that cloak. So this guy was busy preaching and as he was about to conclude his sermon, he discovered one of the female congregants weeping. He thought that a soul had been convicted of it’s sins and so he proclaimed.’ Weep not child, thy sins are forgiven.’ The woman who was now sniffing responded in a teary tone, ‘no sir but your beard presents the spirit of my dead goat.’ 😂😂 turns out the preachers beard reminded her of her dead Billy goat.
Now I know you are wondering where the question is; They asked us,’do you know what is a goatee?’ The binary students all too eager to answer started to write their deeply thought essays you could think we were writing our PHD thesis. Some of the lazy but genuine said, ‘no, I don’t know.’ Zingekuwa enzi za Atwoli wangeongezea alaaaa. 😂The rest pretended to know and went on to explain in a multitude of words what a goatee was. One student’s answer though stood out from the rest of us, ‘No, but I can guess. Say what!! I can’t even remember what the rest of the answer was because the whole class iliangua kicheko.
I think those are the kind of questions that our learners should be asked. It brings out the creativity in them.
So now I’m starting back at one like one Brian McKnight and since I hadn’t seen a rhino, I went in search of one and found several at Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy. So if you wanna see one you could go too, then again you could just watch Embarambamba.😂
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 360 km2 (140 sq mi) not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in Central Kenya’s Laikipia County. It is situated on the equator west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes, and generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and community development.
The Conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa; in 2013, it reached a population milestone of 100 black rhino. It also houses the two remaining northern white rhino in the world, who were moved there from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is situated here which provides a haven for orphaned, abandoned, and rescued chimpanzees. It is the only place in Kenya where chimpanzees can be seen. The Conservancy is host to the “Big five game” animals among a large selection of other African animals, which makes it a popular safari destination. It also operates a successful livestock program, which serves to benefit local pastoralists and wildlife. Through the conservancy’s community development programme, Ol Pejeta provides funding to surrounding communities to aid health, education, water and infrastructure projects. They also support the provision of agriculture and livestock extension services and the development of community-based conservation tourism ventures.
Information source: Wikipedia