Access to free and quality primary education should be a basic right for every child. Unfortunately, in many developing countries too many children grow up without a realistic chance of exercising this fundamental right.
Despite efforts by national governments and international partners in pursuance of international objectives such as Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), more still needs to be done for millions of children across the developing world.
In Kenya, the introduction of free primary education in 2003 saw NER increase nationally from 80.4% in 2003 to 91.6% in 2007. While in the northeastern province, the increase was from 21.6% in 2003 and 27.5% in 2007.
The main barriers are;
- Inadequate facilities such as classrooms.
- Lack of teachers.
- Overcrowding which impacts on the quality of learning ( Teacher to pupils ratio in some areas is 1:140).
- High level of poverty.
- Nomadic nature of the inhabitants of the region.
Our focus currently is;
- Run remedial classes for children from poor families especially girls.
- Provision of learning resources such as reading books.
- Orphan sponsorship.
- Assisting OVC’s home environment so that it’s conducive for learning – by providing them with chairs, tables and reading lamps.
- Support illiterate parents’ engagement with school management.