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Education & Training

Education is fundamental in preparing children and youth for independent and dignified futures and is key in ensuring meaningful participation in a democratic system.

CRK intends to prepare all the children we come into contact with the necessary skills to enter formal education at an age appropriate level. To this end we use a variety of means and tools to enthuse adults and children alike.

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Remedial Classes

Remedial, in-house classes are an important element in all CRK's children's projects. Many of the children have only had limited or no access to formal education previously. It is an important tool in preparing them for their futures:oliver lynton, street education, street smart, children, street, kitale, kenya
  • At the Street Smart Programme classes are offered to the children as part of the rehabilitation process. Not only does it help prepare some children to leave the streets it also increases attention span and, in a few cases, children have sat national exams while still living on the streets!

  • The Rescue Centre uses remedial coaching to ensure the children are able to maintain their educational levels and is an opportunity to fast track basic skills such as reading and writing.

  • At LCC, our long stay home, in-house classes are used to prepare children to enter formal eduction at local schools and to help them catch up with their peers.

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Formal Education

Kenya uses an 8-4-4 system; 8 years of primary education, 4 years of secondary education and 4 years of university education with national examinations at the close of the primary and secondary levels; KCPE and KCSE respectively.

ed2In 1963, shortly after Kenyan independence, the government promised free and compulsory primary education, though it has been more of a cost sharing arrangement. In 2003 Kenya rolled out 'Universal Free Education' which slashed costs to parents for Primary Education though left it far from free. Parents are still expected to provide uniforms, writing materials and some books. Another failing in the system forces thousands of children into extended classes and tuition for which they have to pay. Subsidies have been provided to public Secondary schools since 2008 though costs across the board remain prohibitively high for many families.

Full sponsorship in formal education is currently limited to children at LCC and LCC graduates. Partial sponsorship may be considered as an enabling tool when reintegrating children with their families.

  • Most children at LCC attend local Primary Schools and are fully sponsored by the project. It is expected that by the age of 14 the children will start planning their exit from the home and target an academic or vocational future depending on ability.

  • Graduates from LCC who have attained a mean grade of c+ in their KCPE are sponsored to secondary school. Normally sponsored from home the arrangement may be partial or full sponsorship for the duration. In some cases where no home has been identified children may be sponsored to a boarding school though this requires the participation of independent sponsors.

  • Vocational skills training is sponsored by CRK for graduates who prefer this option or did not attain sufficient grades to enter secondary school. Before the children start training they take a 'gap year' to prepare them and ensure that the skill they select is a viable choice.
CRK sponsorship ends when the child leaves secondary school or completes training. Trainees are afforded a minimal tool kit to get them started while secondarians are able access materials and advice for job applications and preparing CVs.

If, as is occasionally the case, a child does exceptionally well in secondary school and is offered a place in a national university, CRK will actively seek individual sponsors to enable this though, CRK itself does not have resources for this.

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Vocational Skills Training

Vocational Skills Training is an important element in ensuring youths are able to leave our projects and CRK support with the necessary life skills to become truly independent.

Skills on offer are varied though the most common are: Tailoring & dressmaking, welding & fabrication, building, mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, electrical installation, computer skills and organic agriculture. Other courses include sign painting & graphic design, hair dressing, food and beverage production & presentation and even community nursing & community health work.

VT is provided in many ways to both project children and for local youth. Our preferred is direct attachment to a local trades person who is able to teach a skill and impart the necessary skills in the workplace.

Liyavo offers on-site formal vocational training in Tailoring & Dressmaking to the local community. The course provides local youth with an opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of extreme poverty.

Targeting school dropout who have not managed to advance themselves after school. The course attracts people who left school prematurely. Early pregnancy, illness and abject poverty force youth out of education leaving them stranded and dependent on others. The course at Liyavo is free of charge and the centre provides all the necessary materials and exam fees for the final national exams. After graduating the students are offered advice on forming cooperatives.

Training may also be through government training centres though they are very expensive and extremely inefficient taking 2 years to teach a basic course.

The CRK office coordinate the training elements of our work which are part funded by Entwicklungshilfeklub an Austrian development organisation. CRK has to find 50% of the budget from our own limited unrestricted funds.