Kenya: Primary school for Pokot children

Kenia Schuljunge

Primary education in Kenya has made progress in recent years. However, there are large regional differences. Education for the children of the Pokot ethnic group in the East Pokot region is far behind. In this area, the nomadic way of life prevails; education plays a very little role in the lives of the people. At the same time, however, with climate change, population pressure and the influence of modern life, change is on the horizon. CO-OPERAID and Hifadhi's aid project aims to strengthen primary education in East Pokot and introduce parents to school and educational issues. In cooperation with 10 elementary schools and 10 kindergartens, investments are made in the quality of education, including teacher training. Access to education is facilitated through the distribution of school materials to children. Public school events and other activities aim to promote the involvement of parents and communities. The project will serve about 3'300 children and involve 85 teachers. Overall, the education project aims to open doors to modern life for the young generation of the Pokot ethnic group.

CHF 30 for school materials for one school child

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CHF 50 for the involvement of parents

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CHF 80 for further training of teachers

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CHF 100 for better school infrastructure

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Primarschule East Pokot Kenia

The partner schools are state schools for which the education authorities are responsible. However, their budget is not sufficient to ensure basic investments. The project helps out by purchasing sufficient materials for school lessons (e.g. blackboards, pens, posters, etc.). In addition, the environment is upgraded with playgrounds and sports fields (incl. play & sports materials), beautification of the school buildings and grounds, and installation of a model school garden for environmental education.

The shepherd families have little money at their disposal. Therefore, the project provides support to reduce the expenses for education of the poorest families. It provides learning materials for school children (exercise books, pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers), school uniforms, hygiene items for girls (reducing absenteeism during periods), and pays fees for final exams.

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Teachers receive too little support. The project aims to ensure that they have the opportunity to engage with the pedagogical process. It conducts workshops on the "Professional Learning Community" (PLC), mainly to share experiences and learn from "best practices." The introduction of placement testing provides a basis for targeted support for school children. New, additional lessons (school library, reading competition) promote reading and comprehension and creativity. At the kindergarten level, an accelerated course of instruction is introduced for children who start school too late (above kindergarten age).

Education has played a marginal role in life in East Pokot. Accordingly, families are "far from education" and the value of education is correspondingly low. The project aims to bring education issues closer to parents and families. It ensures that the school committees, including the parents' council, do not just exist on paper but actually take action. Improved school management, including exchanges between school, communities and authorities, is a key point to mobilize beneficiaries beyond the school (WEZESHA approach). The project organizes public school events at which, among other things, children and school staff are awarded for special achievements.

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The school project will last from June 2021 to June 2022, which is one year. It is a start-up phase during which the partnership and project approach will be developed. If successful, CO-OPERAID's involvement in East Pokot will be extended. The project area is the East Pokot sub-district in the Baringo district.

School children from the Pokot ethnic group lag far behind the rest of the country in terms of school enrollment and literacy rates. However, investment in education in East Pokot is insufficient. Lack of education is a major reason why development lags behind and people live marginalized lives. Dropout rates from primary school are also high due to negative learning experiences and for girls due to the onset of adolescence (while often enrolling late in school).

The partner schools of the project are state schools. They will be continued after the end of the project. Improvements are made to the infrastructure that will serve several generations of schoolchildren. To this end, the project initiates processes that will continue to have an impact (methodology, additional subjects, improved school management, community involvement). The goal of the project is sustainable improvement.

Hifadhi Africa Organization (HAO) is a Kenyan based non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 2013 and registered as a national Kenian charity registration. HAO works as a development, advocacy and youth empowerment organization in slums and pastoral regions. HAO’s focus is collaboration with underprivileged and marginalized communities in effort to empower them, identify cause problems and enable them to find appropriate solutions to overcome poverty and dependence. The Organization is dedicated to realization of gender equality and the rights of the marginalized and vulnerable communities.