With local partners, we set up shepherd classes (special classes that run from 5pm to 9pm) that target bright children, especially young girls, who are forced to herd and perform other duties during the day. The shepherd students get a meal, and a local solar lamp for use at school and at home. We then help the mothers of the students set up alternative income projects from money they would have otherwise spent on kerosene, which eventually helps the shepherds transform into regular classes.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
For many parents in Pastoralist communities such as Samburu and Turkana, education can not be a priority. The need of education arises only after the basic needs of survival are fulfilled. In doing so children are required to work during the day in the field to help their parents for earning livelihood, obviously at the cost of their education. The shepherd classes which takes place in the evening, have given children who herd during the day a chance to become literate.
How will this project solve this problem?
We educate the community where these girls come from, set up shepherd classes (special evening classes), provide stipend for teachers, provide meal for the shepherd students, provide sporting equipment, provide learning materials, provide solar lanterns, install solar systems on the classes, and work with the students and their mothers to set up alternative income projects.Our emphasis is on advancing Mathematics, Science and Technology skills for girls since they are most affected.
Potential Long Term Impact
After provision of solar lamps, we train the communities on innovative financial sustainability, that enables them to save what was being spent on kerosene, to start alternative income generating ventures. with these alternative ventures, improved lighting and alternative access to education, the children are given a chance to show their potential and eventually can be integrated into the regular school to achieve their dream goals. This intends to help all girls attain universal education.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,393
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,607
Total Funding Goal: $8,000