We are building a high standard modern Container primary school suitable for an informal settlement (slum) in Githogoro, Nairobi, Kenya - to provide high quality education for needy families living below $365 per year. Our aim is to give free access to education for children who otherwise have no education, so they can break out of the vicious cycle of extreme poverty. Since 2005 we have given access to education for over 1,000 children from the slum and we want to increase the number to 3,000.
It is very expensive and completely impossible for children from families living in informal settlements in slums and earning less than $365 per year to access education in private or public schools because of huge admission fees that range from $50 to $200 and other requirements like buying uniforms. In informal settlements many children are marginalized when it comes to access to education because the spaces are small to construct permanent schools and, if any, they are far away and congested.
Our new school will provide free entry for children from needy families without admission fees or school uniform which are a big hinderance to many children in accessing education for the first time. In the slums, the spaces are small and 'Containers' provide the most suitable permanent schools. Our school is within the community and children can easily walk there without using any means of transport. Our project will mean we can enable a further 2,000 children to access education.
Access to education means that children from disadvantaged families will gain literary and numeracy skills. This will help to break through the vicious cycle of poverty and will impact positively in the community by improving health and reducing child marriages and early pregnancies, in particular empowering the girls. Since our existing school opened in 2005 in the slum, over 1,000 children have accessed education and some are now in colleges and university.