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Education Program

RHD believes that education is a service of personal growth and is indispensable in the construction of a peaceful society. The solution to society problems lies squarely in the hands of its people. Education generates self confidence and makes people more resilient. It provides knowledge and skills that last a life time and equips children/person to put their talents to good use. Everyone has the right to school and should be given the opportunity to do so. This is why we extend a helping hand to poor underprivileged, marginalized groups, orphans and needy children/people to access schooling /education of good quality.

Our education initiatives targets marginalized and disadvantaged children and young people living in rural and urban slums in some selected regions in Kenya. Specifically, beneficiaries are children and students in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools or Tertiary Colleges respectively who are at risk of dropping out of school, and those who are facing difficulties to access further education.

RHD categorizes at risk children either High Risk or Most at Risk. High Risk children are those who are facing education challenges due to death of parents/ orphan-hood; children with either physical and learning disabilities and other chronic illness such as HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, and jigger infested areas; children living in groups or families facing extreme poverty; displaced street children, pastoralist communities, urban slum refugees, and displaced children due to resource conflict/cattle rustling/community intra-boundary conflict/forced eviction; children faced by lack of school fees; children walking very long distances to attend school; young girls who are getting pregnant at an early age prompting them to get married while they are still very young; and children living within fishing and mining communities where most of boys drop out of school either to fish in Lake Victoria and Turkana, or do gold mining in areas such Nyatike sub-county and Kakamega. Most at Risk children are those who are showing signs of dropping out of school due to living in communities practicing outdated cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); children who lack of good morals; children attending schools in dilapidated structures, school inadequate facilities and bad school environment in general; children with poor academic performance; hostile teachers; stressed children; child labour/ menial jobs; and parental illiteracy among others.

Our education program envision the adoption of proven educational methodologies and strategies cutting across foundational, early intervention, basic core strategies, and managing and improving Instruction aimed at ensuring universal access for children at risk of dropping out of school.

Primary Education:

We value children. They are close to our hearts. Therefore, we have been fighting for their rights and try to deliver immediate and lasting improvements to them wherever they are. RHD has been all along concerned about preventing needy and vulnerable children from missing out on the right to quality education and improving Learning opportunities in Primary Schools.
Since its inception, RHD has been operating in a strategy that focuses on access to quality education with much on Enrolment and Retention of children, who are out of primary education, and children who are At-Risk of dropping out of school due to poverty, social and cultural aspects, and those who are in tough environments. In the last years now, RHD partnered with local community schools, orphanages and community administrations and churches and have implemented the following interventions:

Secondary Education:

RHD also works closely with the government of Kenya through the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in improving education policies and interventions. These include: pushing forward the agenda of free secondary education for all children, low fee rates in private schools and elimination of other school related costs both in public secondary schools; establishment of learning facilities/schools in rural and poor marginalized communities; establishing a cash transfer program; social promotion; financial support; stakeholders/ community and parents participation and involvement; offering a complementary education; enhancing private-public partnership; safety and security of children in school facility; improving education quality and relevancy among others. By so doing this, we have managed to:

RHD has a plan in place of constructing a Learning Centre for Orphaned/abandoned and less privileged Children/ community schools in Uriri sub-county. The plan will see the construction and equipping of (8- learning classrooms, 1-admin office, 2-dormitories, 8-latrines and 1-kitchen). This aimed at supporting and providing the best education system possible by creating a safe, clean, healthy, and conscious learning and living environment for children while at school, and to strengthen a sense of sharing, partnership, and social networking in Uriri District. The plan targets at supporting over 560 abandoned, orphaned and vulnerable children to acquire quality basic education.

Non-formal education:

In cooperation with the PRISM-Italy, Inter Alia- Greece and Per Esempio-Italy through the support from EAC- Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency under ERASMUS+ programme Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, RHD have implemented the following key projects:

Alternative Learning program:

In many rural areas in Kenya, there has been high rate of illiteracy and low participation in economic development, especially among those who are of primary school age for many years. RHD is currently working with 11-private education centres in Kenya in order accelerate alternative learning programs in the most affected areas. This aims to reduce illiteracy through the provision of alternative modes of education. This process targets different categories of learners, including youth and adults. One of the alternative modes is to consolidate learning for citizens who are too old for formal primary classes but who have missed all or part of their formal primary education. For the past 2 years, we have managed to reach 523 older children and adults, young mothers, children and young people with disabilities, and street children (children aged 12 and above, and youth or adults particularly women, and untrained teachers who are currently teaching but did not complete their primary education, those who are out of school, having enrolled and then dropped out before completing the primary cycle, and those who have never enrolled in school at all) through alternative education which directly address the needs of children and adults who do not have access to the formal system of education. The program has realized an increased number of overage children enrolled and retained in various schools without dropping out, increase in the number of adolescent girls enrolled and those re-enrolling after having dropped out, particularly due to pregnancy or early marriages; a more child-friendly and student-centered learning environment; positive attitudes about girls’ and women’s education; greater appreciation of diverse learners who have different educational needs; an increase in community involvement in education, including community ownership of the program and participation of PTA in school activities; positive attitudes about non-formal education and ALP; an increase in literacy levels among young people; a critical mass of youth who have basic education and can proceed to further education or training.

Vocational Training Program:

This program aims at providing positive change and resources to improve the present and future situations for underserved young people and adults. To accomplish this, RHD has been providing outreach services, job training, and education resources to young people and adults from low income families/underserved communities to access educational, recreational, cultural, health and lifelong learning opportunities for youth ages 13-22. Since 2013, RHD have provided education sponsorship to 52 youth struggling against difficult odds to access vocational and tertiary education; support the basic needs of youth by proving a free food program and food bank for those in need. RHD is planning to create a donation centre that collect and provides blankets, toys, clothing, carpentry tools, masonry tools, Welding tools and seasonal supplies to the youth in need. All these is aimed at increasing the program and services through increase literacy rates, increase school completion rates, increased level of education achieved, increase employment rates through job skills, increase participation in community groups and projects, increase social and emotional well-being in the communities we serve.

Children’s fundamental rights program:

We have establishes programs that seek to promote children’s fundamental rights mostly in rural and peri-urban communities involving school debate contests, arts, football or sport in general, Stop Violence against Children, legal support for abused children, relief of poverty among children, and advocating for the rights of all children. Since its inception, RHD have conducted 6 annual sports events in Nyanza region as a tool for enhancing children rights, rehabilitation, and inclusion; offer new opportunities to the physically disabled children and building awareness in the larger community about the abilities young people living with disabilities. This has so far benefited over 8,900 young people. It has realized an increase inclusion and opportunities for children from diverse ethnic and marginalized communities especially those living with physical disabilities through organized sports and play activities aimed at addressing inequalities in access to public places and skills, participation, health care and social integration.

Youth and Women Economic Empowerment Program::

Youth in Kenya comprise 36% of the national population but alarmingly 61% of them remain unemployed. About 92% of the unemployed youth lack vocational or professional skills demanded by the job market. The high unemployment levels have led to increased dependency levels, slow economic growth, increasing poverty levels and rising national security challenge that negatively impacts on the overall objectives of the Kenya Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). RHD always regards youngsters as the most dynamic part and source of the society. We believe that young people who internalized the importance of voluntarism also learn to be active citizens. RHD performs all its projects and programs in cooperation with the young leaders and asking for their contribution in our events. On the other hand, Women’s participation in leadership, governance and decision-making through a robust affirmative action measures needs to be undertaken in Kenya. Despite the inclusion of gender mainstreaming in the performance contracting process to strengthened accountability on gender equality in public service, women are not fully realizing their potential in all sectors especially in agriculture, education and sexual reproductive health rights. Since 2014, RHD have conducted the following Youth and Women Economic Empowerment initiatives: