It’s a few minutes to 12 and Geoffrey Muteyitsi gets down to business at the Sky Dinner Hotel.
He’s meek and polite as he goes from table to table serving customers at the hotel in Eldoret City .
Muteyitsi is not a trained waiter, but a graduate of Moi University in Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE).
A job opportunity in his field of study was not easy to come by.< /p>
Occasionally, before reporting to the hotel where he occasionally works as a waiter, he has passed from a school to offer classes in the morning hours.
Mr. Muteyitsi’s path has been one of sheer determination, resilience and hard work in hopes that one day he will get a job in his vocational training.
In his previous life he was once a casual worker in mjengo< /em> (Construction).
“To be honest, I’ve applied to be an ECDE teacher in almost every district of western Kenya, including Uasin Gishu district, but it’s all been futile,” he says.
“Not even a letter of regret was received. As I have a family to look after, I must continue to be a waiter as I hope for a better tomorrow,” Mr Muteyitsi, 45, tells Nation as we settle down to hear his story.
He’s always wanted to be a teacher, on a very basic level. He believes that instilling values in children will help shape their future and that’s how the country will be transformed.
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“But since my parents couldn’t afford to take me to college after I struggled to finish my secondary education at Lugala High School in 1994, I decided me to work as a construction worker to earn a living,” he tells of his end as a Mjengo worker while waiting for his dream.
After working for several years Once when he was commuting from one job site to another, a friend approached him and asked if he could work as a waiter at one of the hotels that were hiring.
He took the job as a waiter and wrote to the some savings from building work for a certificate ECDE course at an Eldoret college and finished on credit.< /p>< p>“It gave me the determination to enroll in a graduate program in the same subject at the same institution,” recalls the fat one of four.
His appetite to climb the academic ladder grew every day, even as he continued to serve at Eldoret hotels.
One day, a foreigner who became a regular at the hotel, who had been watching him go about his daily duties for a while, asked his boss why he “Looks different from other waiters,” he says.
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The foreigner went ahead and asked to speak with him, and after questioning him about his past and seeing his determination for education, decided to hire him early for a Child Development Graduate Program.
“He was impressed with my performance and agreed to sponsor me during my graduate program at Moi University. I also passed my Bachelors in Basic Education and immediately enrolled for a Masters degree, but my stay as a Good Samaritan in Kenya ended halfway through, ending my dream of completing my education,” he says.
Mr. Muteyisti finished the work in the master course but has yet to present his thesis because he could not raise half of the required 500,000 Sh.
“At the moment I am volunteering as a trainer of ECDE teachers in several centers and I have guided them and the students through the new CBC education system,” he says.
Every morning from 8am to 11am, Mr. Muteyitsi stops by Faith Junior Academy, where he previously studied ECDE He reports to the hotel to start his late-night shift.
He always carries two sets of clothes and books in his back pocket. One set is for the class, the other for the waiter.
The director of the academy, Ms Hellen Mutanda, says Mr Muteyitsi has been instrumental in helping the students pass their exams. He reports to the school as needed and has been working exclusively as a volunteer ECDE teacher for eight years.
“In 2018 we had one of the best girls in the country with 441 marks because of the foundation Mr. Muteyisti gives to our learners. We hope he gets a job that combines his educational background because he has the expertise required,” she said.
Mr Owens Kennedy, manager at the Sky Dinner Hotel in Eldoret, said Mr Muteyitsi said , the waiter does not look down on the tasks assigned to him.
“Despite his studies, he washes the dishes and even wipes the floor. Some graduates come here to look for a job but they only ask for office jobs. We have faith that when the time comes, he will find another job and fulfill his dream of transforming society through shaping children,” said Mr. Kennedy.
According to the Department of Education, there are currently about 50,000 graduates from public and private universities in Kenya every year, adding an estimated 15 million to the number of unemployed youth in the country.
In its Vision 2030, Kenya aspires to take stock of its human resources to indicate the distribution of well-educated Kenyans, particularly those with intermediate college and university education.