For Online E-newspaper
Daily Nation : February 2nd 2014
2 young nation editor says... term one. There are those of us who think only third term counts towards us progressing to the next class. That is not true. You should strive to grasp what the teachers are teaching in the first and second terms to make it easier for you in third during revision. A good pupil is one who concentrates in class all year round. There are many co-curriculum activities Y that compliment studies. Participating in drama, music festivals or playing for your netball, rugby or football team will help you to break the monotony of books and serve as a way to exercise and relax. It’s a new year with many activities lined up for you here at ‘Young Nation’ like essay-writing and colouring competitions. Be on the look-out for the next essay-writing competition later this month and if the judges think you are the best, then you will be joining us in the newsroom during the April holidays. All the best as you settle for your first term. LIZ ou had a rather long break – two months away from class – but holiday blues aside, let us all get serious with our books from letters Life lessons from an egg and a carrot A story is told of an egg and the carrot. Both were placed by their master in a sufuria and put on fire to boil for 15 minutes. Then they were removed from the hot water and some changes were observed. The egg’s shell had become hard and when the master tried to break it, it was not that easy. But when the master tried breaking the boiled carrot it was easy since it had become soft due to the heat. When faced with a daunting task, what do you do? How do you behave? Do you act like an egg, which becomes hard and perseveres all the ups and downs or do you behave like a carrot, which softens and eas- quotes 1 )) If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be; that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream. - MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. 2)) You cannot work for food when there is no food for work. - AFRICAN PROVERB 3)) I freed a thousand slaves and I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves. - HARRIET TUBMAN 4 )) You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. - ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 16TH AMERICAN PRESIDENT ily bends? Do you yield in to pressure like the carrot? Life comes in two packages; metaphori- cally like an egg or a carrot. The carrot succumbs to heat, which symbolises the ups and downs, the pressure, and the stumbling blocks which we meet in our lives. The carrot represents those who are easily swayed by worldly pressures. They give lose hope. The egg, on the other hand, perseveres. In fact, it becomes hard and can take the pressure but struggles to emerge victorious. So, are you an egg or a carrot? Lorna Abiero, Kisumu February 2, 2014 sunday nation pen pals IRENE WANJIKU, P.O. BOX 143, NAIROBI. Age: 11, Hobbies: Watching movies, reading novels, writing and making new friends. Would like pen pals from Tanzania, USA, India, Canada and Kenya. RONALD OTIENO, KISII HIGH SCHOOL, P.O. BOX 11 KISII. Age: 16, Hobbies: Dancing, listening to music, travelling, swimming and reading novels. Would like pen pals from Turkey, South Africa, Mexico, Rwanda, Australia and Uganda. TIMOTHY NDIRANGU, TETU HIGH SCHOOL, P.O. BOX 993, NYERI. AGE: 17, Hobbies: Swimming, dancing, watching movies and playing tennis. Would like pen pals from Kenya, Sweden, Uganda and Australia. ISAACK ODHIAMBO, GOLDEN ELITE SCHOOL, P.O. BOX 26060, KISUMU. Age: 12, Hobbies: Swimming, chatting, dancing, travelling and listening to music. Would like pen pals from Kenya, Sweden, USA, Canada and Australia. JANET MBAYA, KIOGE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL, P.O. BOX 171, KISII. Age: 15, Hobbies: Watching movies, dancing, travelling and swimming. Would like pen pals from Uganda, Kenya, Sweden and China. What do you think of the proposal that children in lower classes should be taught in their mother tongue? our team GROUP MANAGING EDITOR : Eric Obino EDITOR: Liz Gitonga-Wanjohi CONTRIBUTORS: Mworia Muchina, Patricia Mundia, Samuel Muigai, Steve Muthini, Sheila Okongo, Frankline Akhubula PHOTOGRAPHIC EDITOR:Joan Pereruan CHIEF GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Roger Mogusu DESIGNER: Collins Cheruiyot Eric Eryq:Look at European, Arabs and Asian countries like Japan, China to name but just a few. They speak and write in their natural language. But for us Africans we do not love our own. When someone can’t converse in English eloquently, we say they are not educated. I like our neighbouring country Tanzania. They speak Swahili and are proud of it. Maureen Eunita: How can they teach mother tongue and for many pupils speaking English is a problem...Mother tongue will some- how breed tribalism. Dyner Patrick Hadassah: Like seriously how will that happen? They can learn their mother tongues at home with their families. They need serious knowledge like math, science and perhaps a helpful foreign language. David Ochieng Were: It’s a good idea though it will not be possible in towns where different tribes converge. Corrie Carol: What about urban areas where children are mixed up in terms of tribes and race? I wonder how that will work. Follow us on our Young Nation Facebook page SASHA MAINA, MARIARI GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL, P.O. BOX 2159, EMBU. Age: 16, Hobbies: Dancing, swimming, listening to music and travelling. Would like pen pals from South Africa, USA, China, Sweden and Uganda. DINAH WASIKE, KERERI GIRLS SCHOOL, P.O. BOX 300, KISII. Age: 16, Hobbies: Travelling, reading novels, dancing, swimming and playing basketball. Would like pen pals from Australia, India, Kenya and Burundi. ANITA WACHIRA, CHANIA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL, P.O. BOX 2723, THIKA. Age: 16, Hobbies: Singing, dancing, reading novels and travelling. Would like pen pals from South Africa, Rwanda, Sweden and USA. Send penpal requests to: My penpal, Young Nation, P. O. Box 49010 Nairobi or email at email@example.com Remember to put it in your email address.
February 1st 2014
February 3rd 2014