Primary school (grades 1-8) in Kenya is free, but fees required for high school (grades 9-12) are far too expensive for underprivileged Kenyans. Global Education Fund has recognized that tuition costs pose as an insurmountable obstacle to the poorest children and in 2011 GEF will continue to provide funding to help deserving young orphans and vulnerable children overcome this barrier and greatly increase their opportunities for a better life.
The Leadership Program is based on the belief that a combination of rigorous academic preparation, practical training and strong relationships will enable participants to reach their full potential and improve the lives of others. The practices that have made GEF successful around the world are reflected throughout the Leadership Program: local community leaders manage the day to day work; local civic and business leaders act as advisors; strong partnerships are in place with high schools, the Africa Nazarene University and several non-profits; and careful selection, monitoring and evaluation systems have been implemented.
GEF is also continuing its partnership with textbook publishers in Kenya this year in order to purchase more books onsite in addition to sending books from the United States.
In the New Year, GEF will look to provide its current students and graduates with more resources and opportunities to build bridges to employment and provide them with the tools they need for the next stage of their lives. All of us at Global Education Fund would like to thank you for your continued support and interest in the Leadership Program. We are excited to serve even more students and continue to make a positive change in the lives of impoverished youth in Kenya in 2011!
“My life has taken new direction and I can now perceive myself a different way. You have turned my pessimism into optimism.” – Frederick Tongi, GEF Leadership Scholar