Since arriving in Kenya, Kenneth Oloo has stood out to me. He is a rising star. I was not expecting to find such a young, capable leader whose character is defined by humility, loyalty and honesty. We call him “Teacher Ken”. He has consistently grown as a leader and consistently grown in my estimation of his abilities. He is a very young man, but does his work with maturity and diligence. He is trusted by the Head Teacher, students and parents and has a deep commitment to Christ and to teaching the Word of God. I sat down with Teacher Ken today to learn more about his life and view of leadership.
Q: How long have you worked at NHA and what position did you start in?
I came here in May of 2013. I’ve been on staff at New Hope Academy for two and a half years. In 2013, I was hired as the Class 4 Teacher. Last year, I was asked to be the Assistant Academic Teacher & Class 5 Teacher. And, now, this year, I am the Academic Teacher which is considered part of the administration and school leadership.
Q: Why did you become a teacher?
First of all, when I was in high school, it was my dream to be a teacher. So, I decided, although my parents were not well off, they were unable to pay for my college, I moved to Nairobi in 2011 and started tutoring pupils, neighbors and decided this would be my career. After tutoring for a while, I started applying for jobs at local schools, but I was not trained. New Hope hired me even though I had not been trained. When I started at New Hope, I started college by taking classes at night and received a certificate in education. Now, I am planning to start my diploma this year in August.
Q: Now, that you are in administration, do you miss teaching?
I still teach Social Studies to Class 7 and English to Class 8.
Q: Who has been the most influential leader in your life and why?
First, when I stepped into this school, I became friend to Head Teacher (Festus Muendo), and he was acting as my parent and mentor. We would sit, and he would advise me and really influenced my life and really made my life to change.
Q: How do you define leadership?
Leadership is the state of the position of being a leader. The way of organizing and planning things in a place or organization to improve the lives of the people.
Q: What are your hopes and dreams for the students of NHA?
I hope to ensure that the students of NHA reach their academic goals. And, also to ensure that I am a mentor to them. My hope for them is that they live according to the Bible and that they know the Word of God, and the Word is directing them to excel in their life.
Q: Anything else you want to tell my blog readers?
New Hope Academy is a great place that has literally up-lifted the children in Kibera. It is still strong and still looking forward to eradicate poverty in Kibera by educating children here and giving them a hope for their future.