A 22 year old former inmate is among 29 beneficiaries of Elimu scholarship a programme of Equity Bank in partnership with Ministry of Education and World Bank.
Bravis Kalabai sat for his KCPE exams at the Nairobi West Prison where he was jailed. He scored 399 marks.
Ghetto radio had an inclusive Interview with the reformed victim and here is his story.
” I am Bravis Kalabai I sat for my KCPE exams in prison because of my different challenges in life. I was street a child and I was I was jailed last year after I was found guilty of stealing,” said Bravis.
He says he decided to go back to class while serving his one year jail sentence to become a role model to other also he believed that God has good plans for him.
” It was self motivation that took me back to class so that I could help others and also to motivate those who are going through same challenges that I went through. I wanted to complete my studies again I believed that through my sentence , God had good plans in my life,” he added.
Bavis who is also a Bibilical scholar told Ghetto radio that his favourite character in the Bible is Joseph since his life and Joseph are almost the same.
” I believe in God I like reading the Bible. My favourite character is Joseph since he rose from jail to be a governor and that is why I will argue parents not to bribe for the release of their children when jailed. You never know how God will touch them adding that prison changed him,” he concluded.
Peter Njoroge Officer of prisons who accompanied Bravis told Ghetto radio that Bravis is a good person who has a bright future and that is why he scored 399 marks in KCPE emerging the best pupil from prison.
” I have come today to accompany one pupils who secured a scholarship. He scored 399 marks in KCPE emerging the top pupil among those who sat for KCPE while in jail,”said Njoroge.
Njoroge also told parents to accept when their children are jailed since they will be moulded to be good people.
“We are not praying for your children to be jailed but when they are found guilty and sentenced, let them seve the sentence. Jela sio jeneza we correct since it is not the end,” he concluded.
Bravis a total orphan will be joining Dagoreti High School and after his high school education he has the ambition of becoming a doctor.
Kibera Sub County Deputy County Commissioner oversaw the unveiling of the scholarships.
By Jeremick Joe – Kibera