On Terrorism


caning When talking to Ali, our orphan boys’ dad, he recalls that if he DIDN’T get caned at school, it was an unusual day.

I am still dealing with the schools threatening to beat my girls for tardiness or poor grades. (Due to a broken van, they are having to walk to school, which takes them 45 minutes so they are struggling to get to school on time, which is 7 am. Teachers aren't there at that time, of course, but students must be.)

IF I complain, the girls will be hit even more, from what I understand, AND it doesn’t seem to matter which school I put them in. I’m hoping this new school, St. Ninian’s, will be more understanding.

Today I wrote them a letter encouraging more modern types of discipline such as cleaning the school compound, writing compositions about the student’s misbehavior, or time-outs. Hopefully, the teachers will embrace the ideas.

I’ve been doing research today on the topic to see what actually is legal and whatnot. Here’s an interesting article from 1999.,HRW,,KEN,45d1adbc2,0.html

And recently, the law has banned corporal punishment in the new constitution (as of Aug. 2010).

However, there are NO consequences, that I can find for the schools who still follow their old ways of caning. I’m not sure how change will come about, but I’m hoping that I can at least nudge ONE school in the right direction.

It is my hope that they learn other means of discipline for the precious children of Kenya.



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