Raleigh Sister City Nairobi, Kenya--Delegation Visits Moore Square
On August 15, 2018 Moore Square GT/AIG Basics Magnet Middle School hosted a delegation of elected officials from Nairobi, Kenya who came for a six-day visit to Raleigh August 13-18, 2018. Nairobi is one of Raleigh’s Sister Cities and the visitors came to observe and learn about Raleigh's various systems--including the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). A site visit to a Wake County school was requested by the Raleigh Sister Cities organization and Moore Square Middle School was asked to host the event.
On Wednesday morning the eleven delegates were greeted at the door by National Junior Honor Society students, and the guests watched a performance by the Jazz Band, led by teacher Kevin Byrd. Then the group proceeded upstairs to the Media Center for refreshments and another musical performance by the chorus led by Joy Clayton. The final song was “Kwaheri” a traditional song of Kenya meaning “Good-bye, My Friend.”
The delegation, composed primarily of policy makers, met with WCPSS Chief of Staff Lloyd Gardner, WCPSS School Board member Christine Kushner, and Moore Square Principal Jacqueline Jordan. Two delegates shared some of the problems they face in Nairobi’s public schools: overcrowded classrooms—usually 80 students per class, inadequate funding, and lack of resources especially for students with special needs. Ms. Kushner, Dr. Gardner, and Dr. Jordan shared some of the challenges faced by our school system and then answered the delegates’ questions.
Following the almost two-hour discussion session, the delegates joined some Moore Square teachers and students for a tour of the school and engaged in more conversation to better understand our schools from the teacher/student perspective. The Nairobi delegate visit to Moore Square was a positive cultural learning experience for the Moore Square school community, and we hope for the Nairobi guests as well.