Education

This is an initiative under KSHI, which was formed to look into cases of education in the community. The KSHI steering committee appointed a retired teacher (John Juma Toko), and Cleophas Okota Jonyo, a responsible father of 6 children to manage this department. Their task is to do a survey and identify children who genuinely need to be supported to pursue education in Kanyakoo community and report it to the KSHI steering committee that tries to find solutions with the parents.
From their first survey they have found the following factors as major contributors to poor education in the area:
  • Death of parents
  • Lack of school fees
  • Child labor
  • Early pregnancy
  • Early marriage
  • Different Traditions
  • Poverty

Since EEP was established they have been able to do the following:

Did a survey on the education status in the community.

Distributed education materials (donated by Danish friends) to pupils who come from poor families in the community.

Due to the introduction of the Free Primary Education Program by the Kenyan government in 2003, most of the children from the families of Kanyakoo Self Help Group attend primary school. They have easy access to three primary schools that are around Kanyakoo village 28 of these children go to Raliew Primary School. This school has 660 pupils and 6 teachers that are employed by the government. However the performance in this school is better because there are some trained teachers who help in teaching and are paid by the parents.

The ratio of Kanyakoo children who complete school has been generally 1 girl to 3 boys. This is attributed to the very traditional belief among some African society that girl-child education is a waste of resources, as they would get married off.

As much as the people can now boast of Free Primary Education, and that the parents are relieved of paying school fees in the primary schools, buying of text and exercise books, the learning situation is still not any better:

  • In Aduoyo Primary School, pupils are still learning under the trees.
  • One textbook is shared among 3-5 children.
  • The schools are understaffed with teachers. One teacher teaches up to 80 pupils in a class.
  • The parents have to build and maintain the school by themselves.
  • The parents have to buy the school uniforms.
  • No food program in the primary schools.
Until now more than 80 children and youths have gone through the basic Primary, secondary and College education through the support from Kanyakoo Self Help Initiative.

Kanyakoo Self Help Initiative

P.O BOX 49
POSTAL CODE 40611
NYILIMA
KENYA
Mobile phones:
  • COORDINATOR: +245726131357/+254733335124
  • CHAIRMAN: +254724803327
  • DIRECTOR: +254720987487
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