iCare is helping schools and communities in Kenya’s Rift Valley region to access quality education.

In the town of Analat, in Kenya’s Rift Valley Region, the town’s only primary school has 800 schoolchildren squeezed in just 15 classrooms: that means 50 children share one classroom. Classrooms are also old and dilapidated—no floors, leaking roofs, and walls are made of mud, making it unsafe for schoolchildren. Adding to this problem is the lack of the most basic learning materials: books are very old or unavailable, children don’t have pencils to write and notebooks to write on and teachers don’t feel confident enough to teach as they lack training and support. The community’s resources aren’t enough to fill these gaps. Every family in the community earns less than the average Kenyan household.

To ensure that every child receives quality education outcomes, the most basic resources for their learning must be made available. iCARE, through our local partner in Kenya, Help Mission Development Services, works with communities in the Rift Valley Region to help schools and communities address these gaps. Since the start of 2016, iCARE’s project has helped the community refurbish 1 classroom in Analat, deliver over 6000 books, and more than 7000 learning and teaching materials to 3,300 schoolchildren and teachers in four schools.

youth with skills project

piave youth polytechnic (in the rift valley)

The project supports the improvement of the Piave Youth Polytechnic (located in the Rift Valley) as a place of learning.

Some of the achievements so far are

The number of vocational training courses offered  has increased from two to six, so more students can enrol in the Polytechnic and there are with more options for study.

The student intake has increased by almost 70%, exceeding the 10% increase which was initially anticipated!

The new computer laboratory is now providing students with access to the internet for educational purposes.

Much needed textbooks and equipment have improved the learning environment of the Polytechnic.  In the past as many as five students shared a textbook and teachers did not have the required equipment to effectively teach students.

Especially for women and girls - the establishment of a ‘Girl-Child’ club is giving them a forum in which they can confidently discuss issues relevant to them and receive support from their peers, as well as plan and act together on a range of matters affecting their lives.