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Kenya's education system is based on an 8-4-4 system, which is eight years in primary school, four years in secondary school, and four years in tertiary education. Despite the Kenyan government's declaration of a Free Primary Education (FPE) policy, over 1.7 million children still remain out of school, the majority of whom are street children living in slums or in marginalized pastoralist communities.
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To support local youth care and education programs, FSD interns, volunteers, and donors work with community-based organizations in Kakamega and Mombasa to:
- Teach core subjects in English to primary and secondary school students. Subjects include mathematics, business education, biology, chemistry, physics, English, music, art and design, history and civics, HIV/AIDS education, and geography.
- Provide resources for a care center for orphaned children (3-4 years of age) that provide nutrition, care, and recreational activities.
- Organize recreational activities for students, such as soccer, netball, basketball, volleyball, music, dance, drama, choir, boy/girl scouts, field trips (to local forests, prisons, and hospitals), farming activities (e.g. gathering crops), and/or horticulture.
- Provide counseling, tutoring, and recreational activities to primary school children who have been orphaned—generally due to HIV/AIDS—and are at severe risk of dropping out of school.
- Support a community youth center's initiatives aimed at providing families with the information and tools they need to avoid and remove themselves from common poverty traps. Initiatives include educational theatre productions, group discussions with peer educators, counseling, and training toward income-generating activities.
- Teach a variety of vocational subjects to children and adolescents, such as carpentry, masonry, tailoring, and basic construction techniques appropriate to the region.
Read more about Youth Education & Development programs and opportunities initiated by our Community Partners in Kenya.
For a description of the opportunities available in each development subject addressed by FSD in Kenya, click on the links below:
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