By Benta Abuya, Senior Research Scientist, APHRC via Conversation Africa Eight years of research in low-income neighbourhoods of Nairobi have opened my eyes to the significant role of school, family and...
Education empowers individuals to face the challenges of becoming productive citizens. In addition to its integral value for individuals, education is also a key determinant of health, population dynamics and economic development.
The widespread adoption of free primary school education has improved enrolment numbers even though governments are still struggling to meet the rising demands for schooling. The sudden increase in enrolment numbers has also led to a decrease in the quality of education offered. This decrease has been observed in poor performance of pupils in early grades and teacher’s limited knowledge on content and pedagogical skills.
Advancing Learning Outcomes and Leadership Skills among Children in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements through Community Participation (A LOT-Change) project is a three-year study seeking to increase efforts towards securing the future of children in the urban informal settlements by improving learning outcomes, transition to secondary schools, leadership skills and positive social behaviour among girls and boys aged 12-19 years who live in urban informal settlements. To achieve these outcomes, the study will undertake the following activities: afterschool support on numeracy and literacy, mentorship on life skills, provide subsidies to children in the program in 2019, expose parents to guidance and counselling, and expose girls and boys to opportunities to enhance leadership skills. This follows the successful implementation of the pilot phase in 2013-2015 that was titled: “Improving learning outcomes and transition to secondary school through community participation and after school support among disadvantaged girls”.
The study aims at securing the future of children in the urban informal settlements and below are the specific objectives:
It is expected that this project will inform the development of an effective and scalable model for enhancing learning outcomes, transition to secondary schools, leadership skills and positive social behaviour for children residing in resource limited settings across Kenya and indeed the sub-Saharan Africa region.
U-Tena Youth Organization and Miss Koch Kenya will be responsible for the implementation of the project in Viwandani and Korogocho respectively.
2016 – 2018