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Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya

by Progressive Volunteers
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya
Educate & Empower, Change a Life in Kenya

The organization has continued to bridge the learning gap brought by the COVID-19 pandemic in Ruaraka Community by engaging the services of the volunteer teachers and mentors who walk door to door checking on students’ home learning arrangement. Kenyan government have encouraged home learning for students especially for the KCPE and KCSE candidates. This has left many parents resorting to organised tuitions for their children while they are juggling between providing the basic needs and learning resources.Our volunteers have continued to play key role in the community to ensure that assignments and learning resources are given to the students we are supporting in our program.

In Ruaraka, Elizabeth, is working around the clock to assist primary and secondary students amid COVID-19 crisis. Elizabeth is part of a team of dedicated volunteer teachers/mentors working tirelessly to teach and mentor young girls on how to keep safe from the sex predators in the community and to focus of completing education. This arrangement has benefitted 100 girls and we aim to reach 200 more by the end of quarter.

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The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has affected learning all over the world.  In Kenya, on 15th March 2020, the President ordered that learning in all educational institutions be suspended with immediate effect. Consequently, all learners remain at home until further notice. To ensure that learners are kept active while education institutions are closed, some measures have been put in place. A remarkable step by Kenya’s ministry of Education is the use of an institutional resource, EDU Channel to reach out to ECDE, primary and secondary education learners. The resource is well developed, and if learners avail the opportunity, it will engage them while schools remain shut down. There is a schedule of radio broadcasting of education programmes (9.10 am – 4.50 pm), Mon-Friday, with one slot for news on ECD Education at 4.30-4.50 pm.

The burden on parents and caregivers has emerged as a challenge. Distance and home learning invariably places a heavy burden on parents and caregivers, with many struggling to support children in their new learning environment, often juggling between supervision, their own work and house chores. The organization has tried to bridge the gap in Ruaraka Community by engaging the services of the volunteer teachers and mentors who walk door to door checking on  this years KCPE and KCSE candidates' assignments and supporting them with reading materials. This arrangement has benefitted 68 candidates and we aim to reach 200 students by end of the lockdown period in Kenya.

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2019 we had a target of reaching out to 40 needy students, we can report that our program directly benefitted 12 students, this is far below the target we had set. In 2020, we remain with the target of 40 students directly benefiting from the project.

The 12 students we supported in 2019 are happy with the support and we plan to continue with the support and ensure that they finish school with good grades. One of such students (Purity) who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education scored 391 out of 500 and set to join Our Lady of Fatima secondary school this January Another pupil who was at Baba Dogo primary school courtesy of the programme scored 355, he is set to join Ruaraka High School.

We are happy the project is a success as more children finish primary and secondary school with a high level of literacy. We envision that by the end of 2020 we shall have reached our target of 40 students benefitting from the program and more than 30 students recording good performance in the national examinations.

We would like to take this moment to thank all our donors who made this possible by supporting education of these students. We request you to be continually engaged with our work by starting a recurring donation and by adopting a student and following up on their individual performance. We thank you for all you have done for educating the needy students in Kenya, and we look forward for your continued support.

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We are convinced that education plays a key role in the struggle against poverty. That is why Progressive Volunteers is working on all these projects to support needy students and help schools in economically and socially disadvantaged areas in our community. Education is imperative to tackling poverty. When individuals have the chance to learn basic life and literacy skills, economies grow faster and poverty rates decline. When people go to school, they are able to eventually earn more money and support their families

Despite the elimination of school fees in Kenya it has been common practice for primary and secondary schools to collect additional money or resources from parents to fill in the gaps left by the limited government allocations. Other associated costs such as transportation and uniforms have rendered school education inaccessible to the poorest and vulnerable. The most affected are children living in the slum areas of the city and rural areas. With the help of numerous donors, our community library with 2,330 books for all ages, school books, literature and fiction, numerous magazines, newspapers have offered students a place to read from and get academic assistance from a pool of volunteer teachers and mentors.

In 2019, we had a target of reaching out to 40 needy students, we can report that we are far below average and have to work extra hard in the remaining 3 months to meet the target. We have devised a method of making good use of our community lilbrary to reach out to many more students to read from.

One of the schools heads we have partnered with for 6 years had this to say about the support to his school: “Since St Joseph Education Centre received the books, student population has increased, and teachers have found it easier to teach. Our children are happy with the support and here is a comment from one pupil (Purity, a class seven): "My performance has improved, both my teachers and parents are happy with me. I used to get 297 marks out of 500, but now I score 385 marks out of 500.. I hope to perform better than this next time. I will be the best in my final exams in class eight’’.

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Every quarter we feature a beneficiary who has benefitted from this programme and excelled in his/her studies. Last quarter we featured Aketch and this quarter we briefly share about Hannington. Hannington is from a single parenthood and has since his birth depended on his single mum for his upkeep. Unfortunately, the mum passed away early this year and left him in the hands of relatives to take care of his basic needs and his education.

The adopt a student, change a life programme identified him as one of the needy students in the society and has taken up his education. Currently, he is in class 8 at Baba Dogo primary school in Ruaraka and courtesy of the programme, he is continuing with his studies and is expected him perform better in the end of the year Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and be enrolled in the secondary school programme in 2020.

We would like to take this moment to thank all our donors who have made this possible by contributing to
sponsorships. We request you to be continually engaged with our work by starting a recurring donation and by adopting a student and following up on their individual performance. We thank you for all you have done for educating the needy students in Kenya, and we look forward for your continued support!

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Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Cora Yao
Ithaca, New York United States
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