An Eco-resorts client wrote this
article for his office newspaper, upon returning to London from an adventure camping
Article for Narok Primary
CGE&Y, Sky TV & DHL come together to help education in the Masaai
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Or email Melinda Rees of Eco-resorts at email@example.com
for more information on the school tour.