Non formal schools in the slums of Nairobi face formidable challenges with lack of teaching staff and learning materials. We are working with 8 non-formal schools in Ruaraka, Nairobi which suffer from a severe shortage of teachers (with a teacher to student ratio of 1:40) and also a shortage of reading materials. With your donation, our team of 15 volunteers are teaching and carrying out targeted mentorship for the children in these schools.
The root of the problem is large number of students in these schools with few teaching staff, which leads to poor quality education. This has partly been an unintended consequence of Kenya's success in increasing primary school enrollment. Again, these schools are ill equipped with learning materials.
Our team of volunteers with your support provide additional support to over-stretched teaching staff. This includes providing teaching assistance, distributing reading materials, individually supporting the children in most need through mentorship, and organizing extra-curricular activities such as sports, reading clubs, life skills mentoring.
The project will be a success if more local children finish school with a high level of literacy and core skills to succeed in life. The project has been positioned for phased implementation. In the first phase, the project will reach out to 250 children in 8 partner schools. Other more phases to follow. We will use school performance in national exams to track the impact of our work and simultaneously monitor the progress of individual children we provide intensive support to.