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No Buses! Rupert Hill and Karen Saunders walk to school just like the pupils have to.
No Buses! Rupert Hill and Karen Saunders
walk to school just like the pupils have to.
An Eco-resorts client wrote this article for his office newspaper, upon returning to London from an adventure camping safari...

Article for Narok Primary

CGE&Y, Sky TV & DHL come together to help education in the Masaai Mara.

Teacher Helen Nkuraya shows off the school 'facilities'
Teacher Helen Nkuraya shows off
the school 'facilities'

Change management and transformation is standard fare for CGE&Y. As is bringing 3rd parties together to realise benefits beyond the reach of individual parties involved. In this instance, Rupert Hill from CGE&Y's Business Solutions & Technology group, was inspired to help a Masaai school he visited on a recent trip to the Masaai Mara in Kenya.

The main issue facing the Masaai today is that the changing world is having an increasing impact & constraint on their nomadic lifestyle and culture. The tribe (in part) have realised the only effective way to manage this change is by meeting it head on (as the boys do when tackling lions during their warrior training!) In this case the teachers of Narok School are arming the young warriors through education. This approach often conflicts with the more traditional and tactical tasks of tending the cattle so their change management challenges mean not only dealing with the outside world but also keeping the elders happy too. Sound familiar?

The school is a long way from the nearest town and educational materials are often in short supply. In one of the classrooms, a thorn bush had been nailed to the wall and made a good presentation aid – the flash cards are impaled onto the 1 inch long thorns. Well, they don't come off like Post-Its tend to! These thorns are not always so useful and ball games tend to suffer on account of the their destructive capability

Given the amount of stationary used in the offices, Rupert retrieved some of the stock destined for recycling following the recent office moves, whilst fellow traveller, Karen Saunders, Head of BSkyBs Pay Per View Unit, scrounged some brand new footballs, obligatory sky tee shirts & caps.

DHL lends a helping hand to get the shipment  out to Kenya from our head office in Picadilly.
DHL lends a helping hand to get the shipment
out to Kenya from our head office in Picadilly.

Always ready to respond to a challenge, CGE&Ys courier of choice DHL were ready to help, Account manager Roger Granger, hardly raised an eyebrow when asked to help transport 11 boxes of assorted paper, pens and footballs into the middle of the African bush "All in a days work" were the remarks made in response to a typical late Friday afternoon type request.

The result? The pupils are now well equipped with basic writing materials we all take for granted, which will allow them to continue their studies for another year.

Rupert intends to make an annual shipment of paper and pens to keep things going. If you would like to help, please contact him directly on +44 870 905 3448 or email rupert.hill@cgey.com Or email Melinda Rees of Eco-resorts at melinda@eco-resorts.com for more information on the school tour.

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