THE STATE OF EDUCATION IN KENYA
68% - overall
70% Male, 65% Female
LOWER SECONDARY COMPLETION RATES (~10th Grade)
ENROLLMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Global Education Fund supports Kenyan organizations working to develop youth in their country. GEF concentrates on secondary age students living in poverty and effective approaches to developing leadership and other skills essential for these youth to lead productive and independent lives.
The Kenyan government provides free public schooling only up to 8th grade. The government requires families to share the costs at secondary school level which has significant negative consequences for students from poor families. Scholarships help some students but dropout rates for disadvantaged students are high, especially for girls. According to a 2014 report by a task force on improving the performance of public primary schools, commissioned by Nairobi County’s Governor, Evans Kidero, the transition rate from primary to secondary schools in the city was at an all time low. Only 50% of pupils completing standard 8th grade proceeded to secondary school due to lack of school fees or insufficient facilities. This is very worrying and has longer term repercussions - whether earlier pregnancies for the girls or lower income earning potential for both boys and girls.
Furthermore, many of those already in school do not acquire the skills needed to gain access to the job market and to become leaders and productive members of their communities. Rote learning is still too often the accepted mode of teaching, where critical thinking, problem solving and practical skills applicable to sustaining livelihoods is missing. Entrepreneurship skills training, experiential learning and encouraging youth to give back or find ways to improve their local communities are proven, evidence-based methods to meet that need.
OUR INVESTMENT IN KENYA