Thursday, January 3, 2008

violence in kenya: former student inteviewed on npr today

About ten years ago I had a certain Kenyan student in one of my principles classes. Unlike most of our foreign students who are middle or more typically upper-middle class, Ken Okoth grew up in the Nairobi slum of Kibara, the largest slum in Africa.

To listen to the interview click the "Listen Now" button after going HERE.

Ken also runs an orphanage in Kibera: The Red Rose Nursery and Children's Centre.

The following is from SLU's bio of Ken:

Kenneth O. Okoth '01, of Washington, D.C., has been elected a McCurdy-Sprague Trustee. McCurdy-Sprague Trustees must have graduated from St. Lawrence between two and 10 years prior to their election, and serve four-year terms. A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Okoth is an Upper School history teacher at the Potomac School, a K-12 independent school in McLean, Virginia. The first African to serve on the University's Board of Trustees, he has also been an adjunct instructor at Georgetown University and a teacher at the Friends School of Baltimore. Okoth earned his St. Lawrence degree in German, and was elected to the national academic honorary society Phi Beta Kappa; he holds a master's degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

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