Nairobi's informal schools face formidable challenges with class sizes commonly reaching 80. In our work in local schools over the last 6 years it has become clear to us that they need support to reduce class sizes and improve the quality of education. Our network of over 100 volunteers is eager to help the community and gain skills and experience. We will co-ordinate placing volunteers in 12 informal schools where they are needed most and support targeted mentoring of the most vulnerable pupils
The root of the problem is large class sizes, which leads to poor quality education. This has partly been an unintended consequence of Kenya's success in increasing primary school enrolment. In its 2012 report UNESCO concluded that in Kenya "primary education is not of sufficient quality to ensure that all children can learn the basics" and found that the proportion of semi-literate or illiterate women after 6 years of schooling has worsened in recent years-rising from 24% in 2003 to 39% in 2008
We will place local volunteers in our 12 partner informal schools to provide additional support to over-stretched teaching staff. We recognise that schools will best know where they need help and we will work with them to make sure volunteers are used in the most effective way. This will include providing teaching assistance, individually supporting the most in need children through mentorship, and organising extra-curricular activities such as sports clubs
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. There is potential for up to 5,000 children in 12 partner schools to benefit, although support will be targeted to those most in need. We will use school performance in national exams to track the impact of our work and longitudinally monitor the progress of individual children we provide intensive support to. Our volunteers will also gain skills and experience
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).