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Secondary school fees with the cost of books, meals, and uniforms still exceed 600 francs a year. When, in some villages, 80% of families are trying to live on less than one franc a day it becomes impossible to educate children beyond primary school.

 

To address this we opened our own mixed secondary day school in Vihiga County, Kenya, which follows the Kenyan curriculum with international standards. We provide a positive learning environment, breakfast, lunch, textbooks and all the  materials needed. With extra curricular activities including films, books and sports, we do our best to make this village school a unique learning opportunity for teenagers.

SCHOOL ASSISTANCE

TRAINING CENTRES

Providing more opportunities

At a glance:

  • Free Certificate training in computer skills, first aid and leadership.
  • A safe place to socialise and play sports.
  • Small library with reference books for students.
  • All are welcome, but the centres target young people who cannot afford high school fees and unemployed youth.

50 chf / month

over 4 years will cover a young person's high school education

Primary schools are overflowing with children while resources remain very limited. This is especially true in rural areas where school facilities are inadequate or even non-existant. We have been getting alongside government schools in order to maximise children’s health and learning.

Helping government schools

At a glance:

  • Classroom construction & renovations.
  • Toilet construction for adequate sanitation.
  • Assistance with basic materials such as textbooks and pencils.
  • School feeding. A daily cup of porridge with milk and sugar helps boost grades and attendance.
  • Tree planting for school income and education.

PRE-SCHOOL

We opened our secondary school to provide a high-quality education for bright but poor students. Our focus is on providing an excellent learning environment with partial or full subsidies. The children consistently perform exceptionally well, second in the district only to a prestigious national school.

Young people who would otherwise be at home unemployed can come to one of our centres to be trained in basic computer skills. Many young people have been able to find jobs in nearby towns using the skills learned at these centres.

 

These centres are also places where activities for younger children can be run after school or during school holidays. We work with two local government schools giving primary school children their first introduction to computers and secondary school students enjoy computer studies as an extra curriculum subject. They also have access to board games, chess, puzzles, mastermind and more!

Education is the only permanent development. The 2009 Kenya population census* showed that approximately 10% of youth have never attended any form of school and another 65% have incomplete secondary education. Of the less than 50% of high school students who do complete their secondary education, 45% of them obtain such low grades that they end up in the informal sector where wages are very low.

INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE SCHOOL

Exceptional results

people finish secondary education*

1 in 5

Children equipped with life transforming skills and knowledge through education are able to build themselves, their communities and their economy a bright future.

EDUCATION

* "High school drop-out rate threatens Vision 2030 goal." Business Daily - 12 February 2013

Although primary school is free, classes often have 60 to 70 pupils in one classroom and the schools therefore require a satisfactory level of "school readiness" for enrollment. Pre-primary school remains fee paying and the poorest children are unable to attend.

Jumpstart for school readiness

That's why we opened the "Jumpstart" Pre-Primary for 25 children who had not been able to attend otherwise. The school's philosophy is to encourage learning through play and to build each child's self-confidence. Many learning materials and books were donated but furniture and school supplies are bought locally. The children receive daily morning porridge for breakfast and a nutritious lunch to give the best start possible to these young lives.

 

We also donate materials, books and furniture to pre-primary classes in local schools.

At the end of 2017 we started a fundraiser to build a new science laboratory for the students to carry out their experiments in biology, chemistry and physics, as well as a new staff room, to help our teachers give their best. Both the existing lab and staff rooms were small and cramped, temporary metal sheet structures that can get very hot on sunny days and noisy on rainy ones.

A big thank you to everyone for helping us surpass our fund raising goal of CHF 47’000!  The extra funds will be used toward furnishing the laboratory and the lab storeroom. Construction started at the end of December 2018 and since all funds were raised, we can now complete both buildings.

Thank you for making this fund raiser a success and ensuring the School remains competitive offering a good educational environment.  This is one of the reasons, in 2017,  we came 3rd out of 152 schools in the County. Thank you for allowing these teenagers to achieve a good quality education that can change their future.

Science lab and staff room fundraiser - Target surpassed!