And now, for the third and final installment of our introduction to the student leaders (see the first two here and here) at the Kibera School for Girls. As a quick refresher, Kibera recently started a new leadership program for its students. In it, the school calls on different first, second and third graders to serve as prefects, deputy head girls and head girls. Lilian, a first grader at Kibera, completed her term as prefect this year and I’m excited to introduce you to her. She may be young, but not for a second does she let that stand in the way of her ability to look out for and work with her peers. Between her desire to be an artist and her excitement in being a leader, she clearly channels creativity and confidence. I’m excited to see what Lilian accomplishes during her time at Kibera and beyond!
Can you tell us a little bit about your ‘typical day’ as prefect? What kind of responsibilities do you have?
When I am in class and the people are there, if they are making noise I tell them to keep quiet. If they are making noise, I tell them that they need to stop.
How do you work together with the deputy head girls and head girl?
I work with them – if somebody is misbehaving I take them to the deputy head girl and head girl.
What’s your favorite part of the prefect job?
My favorite part of the job is when people are making noise, then I take them to the teacher or headmistress.
What is the hardest part about being prefect?
When people are making noise, and I have to tell them to keep quiet and they make noise again.
If you had to give a piece of advice to next week’s prefect, what would you tell them?
I will tell her that I was the prefect and I want you to lead people nicely.
How did it make you feel to be selected prefect?
I felt happy and I was excited.
What did you learn about your school when you were prefect that you didn’t know before?
If someone is misbehaving, you should take them to the deputy head girl or head girl.
On top of being prefect, you have lots of classes to take too! What’s your favorite part of the school day?
My favorite part of the school year is the Summer Institute. My favorite subject is art. I like to draw and make dolls using lassos.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be an artist.