BY ANNEROSE NJAGI
As the fangs of COVID-19 pandemic sink deeper into an already depressed society, one man is turning misfortunes and miseries into happiness in homes.
A prolific motivational speaker, team building coach, and writer, Wambugu wa Kamau, was in June going through WhatsApp messages from his daughter’s school in Naivasha when an idea landed in his mind.
The idea was not anything to do with making money, but how he would put all the parents with children at the school in zoom and see them live as they discuss issues that affect their children.
“I prepared a motivational speech and invited all the parents to join me via zoom that same month of June 2020, and 17 parents came in. Thereafter, another idea came into my mind – I asked the parents to register their children for free lessons using the school platform,” said Kamau.
Idea Worked So Well
Kamau said the idea worked so well after a free run for free lessons using the school’s platform.
“I remember at one point, one of the parents suggested that members in the group should contribute Sh100 for the teacher who taught children on zoom,” he said.
On that same day, Kamau says, he saw an opportunity to make money. He founded Precast Service, friendly service for offering online learning.
There were 50 members in the group and when he suggested that each member should pay Sh200 to cater to the service, he was already seeing about Sh10,000 per week.
He later made changes in a bid to eliminate those against his idea and moved on to increase the amount to Sh500 and only 30 parents supported the idea.
He formed another group and eliminated those who did not support his idea. At the time he had 3 teachers and as he moved on, he realised that more students were registering.
Kamau recruited teachers from Eldoret, Murang’a, Kericho, Embu, and Kitengela. Today, Kamau has recruited 8 teachers, established two streams in Form One, serve students in Form One to Form 4.
With 300 students in secondary schools across the country, Kamau now says he wants to increase the number of teachers as the market is expanding.
With a team of experts in IT, accountancy, and issues bordering on law, Kamau has established a virtual library, virtual classes, assembly for students, virtual laboratory, and of course an imaginary school building.
He does not have physical buildings but he has a complete school, teachers on the payroll, and everything that your child requires for studies during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When we posed a question on what will happen to his “school” after the end of Coronavirus, Kamau was live that the world has changed and that the pandemic was here to stay.
“What is going to happen is that schools will reopen but they will not take in all the students because of this pandemic. If we have to stick with the Ministry of Health directives, most schools will only take in Form 4s. Where will the rest of the schools go? They will come to us,” said Kamau.
Kamau, who has been the Kenya Schools’ Principals Ambassador of Goodwill since 2015, offers 15 lessons for all the students at a cost of Sh500 per week.
As a motivational speaker, Kamau speaks to teachers and students in more than 500 schools countrywide. He earns Sh10,000 per speech whenever an opportunity arises.
He carters for all the offered subjects in the National Examination Council. He also hopes to open classes for Kiswahili learners for foreigners abroad.
The author is a senior teacher at Kwale High School, Kwale County.