The Rathithi Polytechnic provides students the technical skills to be able to provide for themselves and contribute to their communities. The polytechnic has courses in masonry, plumbing, tailoring and dress making, catering, agriculture, electrical wiring, hairdressing and beauty therapy, and computer applications, along with leadership and lifeskills.
Students in technical schools in Kenya take national exams for certification. In May, four of our students took exams in plumbing, masonry and tailoring and all passed, and another eight took exams in December and are awaiting their results. The pass rate nationally is about 60 percent, so we’re proud of our students! It’s especially gratifying as several of our instructors are alumni of the CYEC.
While some of our polytechnic students are from the local community, many have come up through programs at the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre (CYEC). Isaack is one such student... Isaack lived on the streets for nine years before joining the CYEC in 2011. He attended Thunguma Primary School then Mweru High School and was active in the acrobatics club. After graduating from high school, he was among the first students in the polytechnic in 2019, studying tailoring and dress making. His progress was partially disrupted by covid-19 as the poly (along with all schools) closed in 2020. Isaack was able to resume in 2021 and took his national exams in December. Isaack is currently working with three other graduates of his class to establish a clothing business, making school and professional uniforms and traditional African wear. His goal is to become a recognized fashion designer.
Despite the challenges of covid, our students are succeeding, and we’ve continued to develop programs and infrastructure at the polytechnic. Your support enables these young people to follow their dreams and give back to their communities!