On 15 January, we have launched our first campaign for the year 2016. Educating being one of our main objective. We continue to reach out with most deprived communities with the light of knowledge and learning. As most of our readers and supporters know about our previous work in the Star of the Land Education Centre (formerly Mchanganyiko CBO School) is located in the Kibera slums of Nairobi #Kenya.
We have been requested to help children in #Kibera Slums by building a primary school library. We would like to encourage our readers to share and support our education campaign fundraiser page (below) and help us reach our goal to provide children with library facility in the school.
‘Education is vital to a thriving society, a key to a bright future. A society without education will become the breeding ground for violence and intolerance. But an educated society will promote tolerance and peace, justice and understanding, innovation and advancement, and positive, self-sustaining growth. It’s important to educate our children, no matter where they live, for they will grow to become responsible citizens of their society,’ says our Kenya Ambassador, Anne Misiko.
We will also be sharing live stories from Kibera Slums on our blog until we reach our goal to infhow our library project can help children reach their dreams. Your support is much appreciated.
For more information please visit our fundraiser page here:
Education in Kenya – a Millennium Development Goal
The second millennium development goal in Kenya is to achieve free universal primary education by 2015. As of now, Kenya is still struggling to educate its children especially in informal settlements where children attend poorly regulated informal schools raising prospects of poorly equipped workforce in the future. According to Kenya Open-data, a government information portal, at least 3 million Nairobi residents live in slums.
The Kenyan government supports only 8% of the schools in Kibera. For other schools to thrive, parents must pay some fees for paying teachers and labourers and buying stationery. These locally run schools have no government teachers posted there hence rely on untrained teachers who are underpaid and less motivated.
Every child deserves an education. But in Kibera, a slum where many families live on one or two dollars a day, school is an impossible luxury. Students, particularly female students, that cannot afford fees are forced to leave school and work, or in some cases marry at a very young age. They have to do household chores and help with selling groceries, fetching water, washing clothes and general cleaning, through which they only earn a meagre income.