School Days – life at Essubi Eppya Vocational Primary School


Our school has 349 children in preschool through Primary 7(P7). They range in ages from 4 years to 18 years old.  A bit different than your average primary school in the West?  But, not so different here.  Some schools even have students who are older!  Our kids really get along well, in general, which is such a blessing.  We rarely have fights, in fact so rarely, I can’t remember the last one!  Oh, we have our mischievous ones, believe me!  Variety is the spice of life!

On any given day, we have our routine like any school. Devotions in the morning at 7:30 am, the classes up to our Bible reading time at 10:30, when everyone at Kasana reads the Bible or listens to Bible story for ½ hour. The kids really love this time as does the staff!  We are all reading a daily chronological Bible; it has been such a blessing! Then we have break and our compound sounds like schools all over the world – children laughing and playing, enjoying a bit of break in their routine of studying, plus a cup of porridge to refuel, ’til lunch.

Our remedial classroom has just started being open during break for kids to come and visit, read, help out, color…. This is new but I am sure the number of activities will grow as the number of students coming increases along with their personal requests for activities.  There are also those who would rather run ( there always seems to be time for a quick game of football(soccer)! Or swing on the cross bars or an actual swing. The students pictured here are “reading the room” together in the remedial classroom.

Our day continues with more lessons, then, lunch here at school, with more lessons after lunch. And as we close at 4 pm, most of our students ‘enjoy’ a long walk home with friends ( our kids come from one to seven kilometers from the school).

At Kasana, we are blessed to be able to feed our students twice a day.  We also have electricity, a medical clinic and a good supply of books, which is quite a contrast to our neighboring schools.  The Father looks after the fatherless in so many amazing ways!

Like most children at any school, our kids probably give these things little thought.  But if you spend even a little time in our school yard, you will notice right away that our children are happy, learning and growing in the Lord….without even realizing it, at this point.

When you talk to our older sons and daughters, those who have gone on, you find that they DO know that Essubi Eppya gave them a good start and that it was the Father’s doing!  “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it(!).” Proverbs 22:6

– Constance Dobbs, EEVPS Remedial and Counseling Program Coordinator; NHU Staff member since Aug. 2003