It's incredibly difficult for kids to learn in a mud floor classroom without access to library or text books or even clean water to drink, but this is the general situation at many schools across rural Kenya. The Kenyan government has increased education funding with a goal of every child attending primary school, but adequate infrastructure for a good learning environment remains a major challenge.
The Nobelity Project has partnered with a dozen rural schools to identify their greatest needs, and works with local contractors, parents and community partners to create the solution from the ground up. When kids move from an outdoor class in the sun and dust to a modern classroom with electricity and lights, when they no longer miss school due to waterborne illnesses, when they learn to love books and reading, the result is a strong improvement in motivation and scores.
The Kenya School Fund is expanding from 10 to 13 schools with an average of 400 students per school. Our goal is to help implement universal secondary education. But before kids can attend high school, they need a solid primary education in good learning environments. As an example, in 2011, we rebuilt the last four decaying mud-floor classrooms at Mahiga Primary. Kids now arrive at school when the lights are turned on at 6:30 a.m.. 8th grade exit test scores were up 15%, a major success.