BASIC EDUCATION SERVICES

BASIC EDUCATION SERVICES

Education is a fundamental right of all children regardless of their social, cultural, religious or economic status. The literacy level of the pastoralist communities in Moyale district is 3% compared with a national average of 29.3%. Several reasons have been attributed to the low human capital development in pastoralist areas of Moyale district.
There is general lack of schooling facilities for both children and adult learners. In addition, the available facilities are not sensitive to the nomadic lifestyle of the ASAL inhabitants.
Most of the pastoralist communities are usually not willing to send their children to school. They prefer instead to send their children to look after the family’s stock of wealth (livestock). Even where parents allow their children to attend school, they usually prefer educating boys to girls.

The absence of the pastoralist children from their rightful place in school is just one in a long list of hardships these children are faced with due to poverty - a condition that results from many social injustices, especially poor governance and lack of community participation in decisions that affect them. Conditions for girl students are even worse, many of them drop out of school before class five due to a host of factors including early marriages/pregnancy.
  • Access to education services
  • Quality of education services

Access to education services

To increase opportunities to access basic education, ALCHA initiated innovative alternative education models that suites pastoralists lifestyles by providing nomadic children with opportunities to access informal learning centres such as "mobile schools", "shepherd classes" and "Functional Adult Literacy (FAL)" classes. A baseline survey was conducted on out-of-school children who are school-going age in collaboration with District Education Office and District Children Office and identified and enrolled nomadic children in established informal learning centres. ALCHA provided teaching/learning materials to Pastoralist Education Project (PEP) centres, localized teaching/learning aids, recruited and supported mobile teachers with monthly remunerations, trained teachers on multi-grade and multi–shift teaching approaches and availed tents to all learning centres for use as classrooms.

Quality of education services

Quality of education services

To improve quality of basic education the organization provided learning centres with solar panels, assess pupil-teacher ratio, sponsored one-year tailored course for mobile school teachers at Garissa Teachers Training College, supervision of schools with quality assurance officers, provided learners with Radio learning sessions, training of School Management Committees (SMCs), supervising Subject Panel Teachers and provision of sanitary towels to girl child, transition of learners to formal schools.