BENEFITING: GPF APOSTOLIC MISSIONS NETWORK
Project assessment was done in August 2009. There is a corresponding high rate of school drop out. Assessment revealed that 40% of the orphans are not schooling due to lack scholastic materials and school fees. There is no balance between school enrollment and retention in schools. This is attributed to inability of many households and in particular child-headed households to provide basic education requirements like scholastic materials and delayed enrolment to school at an appropriate age.
Related to this issue is lack of access to vocational skills to both youth and adults as such training institutions are not available in Trans Nzoia County.
The rate of repeating the same class is high e.g. a child repeating a class for more than three times. This is due to regular absenteeism of some children especially the girl-children whose parents or guardians retain to help with household chores and taking care of the younger ones; lack of parental counseling and encouragement while at home; poor teacher to student relationships; and limited or no monitoring of children and teachers performance by both the Teachers and parents. This is indicative of the little value parents/guardians attach to education of girls and is a significant contributing factor to the poor performance of girls, early school drop out and /or early marriages at the age of about 14 in this community. Coupled with this is high level of poverty, which makes most parents to force their young daughters to marry prematurely for bride wealth.
Given the above scenario, it comes as no surprise, therefore that a significant proportion of the population is illiterate, with 45% unable to read or write.
‘Pamoja’ Skills development hope initiative therefore hopes to take a holistic approach by improving the learning environment of the students; by keeping them in Boarding school environment during their time of studies where they can be provided with regular meals, guidance and counseling, and sensitizing parents and guardians on value of education as a way of addressing the above mentioned challenges.