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The Kenyan flag is raised on Mondays and Friday mornings and lowered after school. It’s the one and only time there is silence at Shalom Academy.

Once the flag is up the children sing the national anthem (‘O God, Our strength’). After lowering the flag a teacher leads them in a short prayer and encourages them to improve themselves by preparing for the next day –

‘Do not play on the road’

‘Wash your clothes tonight’

‘Ask your parents to buy you a uniform’

‘Get a haircut!’