William - Kenyan Student, explaining why they felt the programme was beneficial.
Education in Kenya has been undergoing reforms, with notable investment coming from the government, but there are still significant issues such as large class sizes, a lack of teacher training and significant drop-outs at secondary school level, especially in more rural communities, reflecting partly the perceived lack of value in schooling.
The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted learning for at least 6 months for many children and also caused a decline in many family’s income, worsening school drop-out rates and damaging many young people’s well-being.
Our work in Kenya is building confidence, teaching skills and empowering young people so that they can face challenges head-on and have stronger belief in themselves.
Our Life Skills Education programme in Kenya, delivers a series of over 30 extracurricular lessons alongside active outdoor camps to young people from 14-20 years old.
The lessons use innovative digital BecomingX resources, focused on building the skills, knowledge, relationships and attitudes that can help young people better realise their potential. The lesson series aligns with the life skills curriculum in Kenya; covering topics such as effective communication, decision making, goal setting, problem solving and managing mental health. The programme includes research-led learning, tools and activities, supported by stories from some of the world's most iconic and inspirational people.
Our partner in Kenya is an experienced local charity, Moving Mountains Kenya. As part of their impactful local community development work, they have been delivering lifeskills and outdoor learning initiatives for thousands of young people in Kenya since 1996.
We have been working closely with them, with approval of the Ministry of Education, to develop and deliver the programme to local secondary schools aswell as some young people not able to be in school.
Our programme is giving students confidence, positivity and motivation, with many stating that they felt better able to deal with challenges they face in day to day life.
Teachers have commented how they have seen improvements in performance and behaviour and how they themselves have benefitted from taking part in the programme, improving their own capabilites and understanding.
We are starting to develop the programme further, expanding it into additional schools and regions across Kenya. We are also working more closely with teachers to provide them with resources and help build their skills and aspirations. Inspired educators can help many more students to realise their potential, creating a greater and lasting impact.
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