Kibera, located in Nairobi, is one of the biggest slums in Africa. These types of informal settlements are primarily characterized as nuclei of poverty with associated consequences such as unsafe neighborhoods, precarious habitations, poor/nonexistent health services, poor nutrition, poor sanitation, limited professional certification and a lack of employment.
Government intervention is minimal in all of these areas, including education. Therefore the residents of these areas create alternative schools that they maintain using limited contributions from student families. This financial situation limits the growth of these unofficial schools, not only in their available infrastructure and materials but also in the quality of their education.
PROJECT & OBJECTIVES
In January 2015 KUBUKA founded the Grace Humanitas Academy (Colegio de Educación Primaria Grace Humanitas) with the help of the Spanish school Humanitas Tres Cantos with the end of alleviating part of this problem.
From its beginnings, the objective of the project has been TO INCREASE THE EDUCATION QUALITY of the school. This goal relies on the active participation and decision-making of the families, teachers and students, recognizing that these groups form the pillars of the school.
To achieve this, we focus our efforts in several lines of intervention:
1. INCREASE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AMONG CHILDREN, through:
- Increased school awareness by means of parent involvement in the day-to-day functions of the school through the parent association or direct contact with them.
- Reduced incidence in student illness through the food stand in development by the Nutrition Organization and access to healthcare.
2. IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE SCHOOLS, with the goal of creating an environment suitable for learning.
3. OBTAINING RESOURCES: MATERIALS NECESSARY TO ADEQUATELY GIVE CLASSES AND NURTURE STUDENT’S DEVELOPMENT
4. MOTIVATE, ADVISE AND TRAIN TEACHERS IN ORDER TO INCORPORATE QUALITY PEDAGOGICAL AND EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICES.
Without a doubt, these lines of work are intended to reduce the failure of school systems and the rate of illiteracy among children in Kibera. Therefore, the next generation of adults will be more educated and this projects a better future with more equitable opportunities, further country development, internalization of rights and duties, promotion of values through the population, etc.
The 205 children enrolled at Grace Humanitas Academy are between the ages of 3 and 15 and are distributed between 8 classes (3 pre-school and 4 primary school).
In general, these children come from families with incredibly scant resources, and therefore have limited nutrition, minimum medical attention, few opportunities for leisure time, etc.
We can also include the families (120) and the 11 school employees (nine teachers, one cook and one security guard) as indirect beneficiaries of the project given that they are involved to various degrees with it.