Education is fundamental in preparing children and youth for independent and dignified futures and is key in ensuring meaningful participation in a democratic system.
CRK intends to prepare all the children we come into contact with the necessary skills to enter formal education at an age appropriate level. To this end we use a variety of means and tools to enthuse adults and children alike.
Remedial, in-house classes are an important element in all CRK’s children’s projects. Many of the children have only had limited or no access to formal education previously. It is an important tool in preparing them for their futures:At the Street Smart Programme classes are offered to the children as part of the rehabilitation process. Not only does it help prepare some children to leave the streets it also increases attention span and, in a few cases, children have sat national exams while still living on the streets!
Kenya uses an 2-6-3-3 system of Education which replaces the 8-4-4.It has categorized into three phases: Early years Education covering nursery education to grade 3, middle school Education covering Grade 4 to Grade 9 and senior school covering grades 10 to 12
In 1963, shortly after Kenyan independence, the government promised free and compulsory primary education, though it has been more of a cost sharing arrangement. In 2003 Kenya rolled out ‘Universal Free Education’ which slashed costs to parents for Primary Education though left it far from free. Parents are still expected to provide uniforms, writing materials and some books. Another failing in the system forces thousands of children into extended classes and tuition for which they have to pay. Subsidies have been provided to public Secondary schools since 2008 though costs across the board remain prohibitively high for many families.
CRK partnered with INUKA network to sponsor 13 children from needy families with secondary school fees for 4years.We hope that the partnership will continue so as to benefit more children from the needy families.
Vocational Skills Training is an important element in ensuring youths are supported with the necessary life skills to become truly independent.
Skills on offer are varied though the most common are: Tailoring & dressmaking, welding & fabrication, building, mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, electrical installation, computer skills and organic agriculture. Other courses include sign painting & graphic design, hair dressing, food and beverage production & presentation and even community nursing & community health work.
VT is provided in many ways for local youth. Our preferred is direct attachment to a local trades person who is able to teach a skill and impart the necessary skills in the workplace.
We target school dropout who have not managed to advance themselves after school. The course attracts people who left school prematurely. Early pregnancy, illness and abject poverty force youth out of education leaving them stranded and dependent on others. Training happens in three government training centers of Machungwa, kitale vtc and Rafiki though they are very expensive and extremely inefficient taking 2 years to teach a basic course. We initiated a program together with these vocational centres,where our youth takes 3months in vocational centres and another 6 months in apprenticeship programmes.