Millions of underprivileged Kenyan children are taught by untrained and unqualified informal school teachers. In July 2016, Ideation Social Innovation Lab launched Kenya Informal Sector Teacher Training Project in Nairobi to address this problem of inadequate educational standards.
PROJECT MISSION Deliver affordable, high-quality school education to Kenya’s underprivileged children.
We believe in local wisdom and community initiatives. Our first teacher training pilot was conducted together with Complementary Schools Association of Kenya (CSAK), the largest Kenyan organization formed by school managers in urban informal settlements. Through the partnership, we worked directly with school-owners, who founded low-cost, private schools for the disadvantaged children from their community. Years without government support like that provided for public schools nor high tuition charged by private schools, they struggle daily to make their ends met and keep students at school. Listen to their stories - about how they keep their school running and come together to fight for our children's rights.
"I expect CSAK to build a strong base of cooperation and coordination in all stakeholders’ service delivery. It should also fight for the welfare of our schools in partnership with the government and other partners in the sector."
"I am a parent of a disabled boy and I know how hard it is to get support for children with special needs. That's why I started Jeheca Project which provided 30 children from my community free therapy weekly."
"I founded my school because I wanted to help the drop-out children, the vulnerable children, and the ones experiencing home-violence to have a place they call home, so that they can achieve their dreams. One of my students went to University of Toronto."
Partnered with Complementary Schools Association of Kenya (CSAK), the largest Association formed by informal schools in urban informal settlements, provided us an opportunity to work closely with hundreds of slum schools across Kenya. While more than half of the children in slums study in informal schools, less than 40% of their teachers are trained. Most its schools are in Nairobi (589 member schools), which also has the largest slum population in Kenya and some of the largest slums in East Africa. That's why we are starting our teacher training program from here.