Launch of Return out of School Children to School (ROCS’s )

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Inset: WTK Executive Director and head of UNICEF-Lodwar Office Mr. Phillip among other dignitaries in Launch of Return out of School Children to School (ROCS’s ) Project in Komudei Primary School Turknana County.

According to statistics by Ministry of Education,58% of the Children in Turkana county  are not in school due to underlying issues such as being engaged in taking care of animals for the boys and for the girl’s early Marriages after undergoing the traditional custom in Turkana known as Beading. However a sigh of relieve to the residents of Turkana North for the successful Launch of Return out of School Children to School (ROCS’s ) Project which was unveiled at Komudei Primary Yesterday (Tuesday 6th September). This occasion was graced by WTK Executive Director and head of UNICEF-Lodwar Office Mr. Phillip among other dignitaries. This project  will bring back all the out of school children to school. The project is funded by UNICEF and  by WTK.

 

 

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Inset:UNHCR dignitaries ,WTK Executive Director and head of UNICEF-Lodwar Office Mr. Phillip among other personnel in Launch of Return out of School Children to School (ROCS’s ) Project in Komudei Primary School Turknana County.

Refugees innovate new school model in Daadab, Kakuma

By Kihu Irimu

Even as they face repatriation Kakuma and Dadaab refugee communities are transiting to a new school model that has helped them double student intake without additional strain on teachers, furniture and classroom space.

Vision Secondary School in Kakuma and Waberi and Hagadera Secondary Schools in Dadaab have already adapted the model described as ‘breakthrough’ because it gives marginalized children opportunity to attend school without burdening parents with costs and hustles of putting up new buildings.

Dubbed ‘Two-in-One’, the model entails running two independent schools within premises and facilities meant for one. One school reports in the morning while the other comes in the afternoon. Each school hires its own set of teachers and other personnel an actiity going on as the government of Kenya plans to close Daadab refuggee camp, the home of over 400,000 stateless people following concerns that terrorists have infiltrated the camp.

The model which attests to the creativity inherent in collective actioncamein the wake of a crisis to Form One admission following improved performance in KCPE 2015 and increased enrolment which saw over 2,700 qualified KCPE leavers missing admission to Form One in Kakuma and Dadaab.   ‘The crisis left the Refugee parents with no alternative but to run two schools in one,’ says Hagadera Secondary School PTA chair Mohamed Yusuf.

Unlike the multi shift system which doubles the number of students but over-burdens teachers, UNHCR financed the implementation of ‘Two-in-One’in Kakuma and Dadaab including hiring new set of teachers and other personnel for each school – Vision Secondary Schools A and B, Waberi and Hagadera secondary.

The first school reports at 6.30 am and until 12.30 when students and teachers vacate the premises giving room to students, teachers and support staff of the other school which runs from 12.30 to 6.30pm.

Mooted by Windle Trust Kenya, an NGO that manages education in the Refugee camps and supported by UNHCR,the model has been positively received with enthusiasm.Vision Secondary School A and Vision Secondary School B communities introducing different uniforms, programs, examinationsand hiring deputy principal for each school.

The model implemented under supervision of the Ministry of Education maintains the prescribed student – teacher contact duration by allocating five hour curriculum instruction and two co curricular engagements during every single school under teacher: student ratio of 1:40.

The Education Officer in Hagadera ,Jennifer Katiwa, says the model has benefited many ‘learners who also have to find time to work as watchmen, bodaboda riders and hawkers given their precarious financial situation’. ‘It is the only option the communities have, given there are 21 primary schools in Kakuma and only five secondary schools’, she says adding that the communities lack land or money to put up new school.

Dr. Marangu Njogu, one of the Lead Promoters of the system, says …“apart from increased school admission capacity, the model’s greatest achievement is that it triggered and sustained conversation on time management.”

 ‘Time is a resource given to all humanity in equal  amount of 24 hours a day in which Africa enjoys 12 hours of daylight,’ he says pointing out that the refugee community who lacked money, land as well as corporate and individual philanthropy innovatively singled out time as a resource to maximize onto beat the form one admission crisis.

‘We have admitted 967 Students in form one while we would only have admitted 504,had we remained one School. We will increase the number to 1,004 in second and third terms,’ says George Nandy the Chief Principal of Vision Secondary School A and B.

Joel Ndingi,one of the Program Managers in Windle Trust Kenya says, “In Kakuma, a total of 2,394(518 Female) students were enrolled in Form One in the camp,which represents 60 per cent rise,enabled by the Two-in-One model”.Hagadera and Waberi secondary schools in Dadaab also reported over 50 per cent rise in school population, with 42 per cent increase in the number of girls, which the UNHCR Community Services Officer Katie Ogwang’ lauds noting  that most Refugees are desperate to get education ‘especially Kenyan Education’.

Nandy says teachers have enough time to attend to their personal interests ‘therefore fewer excuses for absenteeism’. Students say the system allows them plenty of hours to do homework after school. ‘It creates a sense of urgency in dealing with school work’, noted a student. ‘Remaining in school the whole day creates room for me to keep  postponing and delaying action because the tendency is to perceive the day as timeless,’ adds the student.

Girls also are able to attend school without disruption because they have an entire morning or afternoon they could allocate for household chores, according to teachers.

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When Education Changes the World …


what people are saying

Hello there,
I just graduated this month (April 2016) with a degree in Actuarial & Financial Mathematics from McMaster University. Isn’t that exciting? Yes, it is! At least to me. A few years back, holding a university degree was just but a dream for me. And now it is a reality. That is why I decided to write this thank you note to the organizations that made it possible for me to get to this point.
I hereby express my heartfelt gratitude to World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Windle Trust Kenya (WTK) for the rare chance that was granted to me to pursue higher education at McMaster University. The two organizations, their benefactors, their partners and many individuals who work either as their employees or volunteers have made many dreams possible. Mine just happens to be one of these many dreams and I am very thankful for that. This note would be incomplete without thanking McMaster University and its Student Refugee Program (SRP), who ensured that I transitioned into the university life and a new life in Canada with minimal difficulties. I salute the young women and men, who generously volunteered their time, effort, and intellect at the McMaster University Local Committee. In spite of the highly demanding academic commitments that they had, they still made it their responsibility to ensure that the sponsored students were alright as they settle into the university life. In addition, there are thousands of students who contributed to support the sponsored students financially. I may never know many of them, but their generosity is eternally appreciated.
I happened to stumble upon the story of Dr. Hugh A. Pilkington, who made a huge personal and selfless effort so that disadvantaged youth could have access to education. I must say that it is one touching story, given how he tragically died while trying to follow what he strongly believed in. It is great that his name lives on through Windle Trust Kenya (WTK), and all the other Windle Trust offices in different parts of the world.
The idea that education changes societies for the better is not something abstract but a reality of our world and having organizations such as WUSC, Windle Trust and their partners, whose activities revolve around this idea is not something to be taken for granted. What they do goes a long way and I, as a recent graduate from McMaster University, stand as a testament to that. I say, once again, Thank you!
And keep on changing the world, one disadvantaged youth at a time.
John C. Kon, WUSC sponsored student (2010/2011 group)

 

 

Launch of MMUST Kakuma Campus & Graduation Celebration-2016

WTK/UNHCR/MMUST Launch in Kakuma 2016

Inset: MMUST Kakuma DAFI Scholars with Windle Trust Executive Director and other staff

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On Friday March 4th, the team participated in the launch of the MMUST Kakuma Campus and the presentation ceremony for the award of Diploma certificates to 89 graduands at the Kakuma Peace Centre.

The occasion was attended by, among others, the chair of the MMUST Council and Pro-Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and other senior university staff, a representative of Turkana Governor’s office, UNHCR Kenya Representative, Kakuma UNHCR Head of Sub-Office and UNHCR staff, LWF staff team. Windle Trust team was led by the Executive Director, Dr. Marangu, Finance and Administrative manager Phyllis Mureu, Kakuma manager Raphael Sungu, DAFI project staff and other staff from WTK Kakuma.

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Girl Child Mentorship March 2016

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Inset: A group photo with the girls at Karatina University-Nyeri County

In celebrating the international women’s day on 8th March 2016 and aligning to the theme “Pledge for parity”, Dadaab team decided to celebrate it differently by organizing a mentorship program for 20 girls’s at Karatina University, Nyeri County on 9th March 2016. Thanks to the existing MOU between WTK and Karatina University.

The education excursion gave the girl’s an opportunity to nurture a sense of direction and motivation to attain a postsecondary education and training to girls. Further, the girl’s were exposed to new learning experiences that broadened their career awareness and helped in defining clear academic and career goals. The two day educational trip gave the girl’s a chance to interact with other girls at a top National school- Bishop Gatimu Ngandu girls high school to benchmark themselves in academics and get a chance to meet with University students. Within the University the girls’ got a chance to view exhibitions and innovations spearheaded by female students in Science and Engineering Department. The Female University students encouraged the girls to excel in science related careers and go against the odds in the society.


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WTK in Dertu, Garissa county

Hard Work Never Goes Unrewarded

Garissa County is inherent of some of the rich cultural practices of the residents in the region. However there are some negative cultural practices that are a drawback to development efforts. Early and forced marriages of the girl child deny the young population opportunities to advance in education. KEEP project with the support from DFID has transformed the thinking patterns among Garissa residents particularly girl’s, parents, school stakeholders at Dertu Secondary school. Through a series of sensitization on the change of girl’s attitude towards early and forced marriages the enrolment of girl’s has increased immensely and girls have embraced education. In the 2015 KCSE results Dertu girl’s Secondary School managed to produce the top girl in the county.
From the dusty and remote village, to poorly staffed school located 100 kilometres from Garissa Town Ms Leila Yusuf emerged the top girl the county. Leila scored a B+ of 67 points emerging one of the best performers in the region from public schools attributing her success to hard work.

The KEEP project besides running sensitization sessions, other project interventions in the region include provision of solar lamps for girl’s to study for long hours in the night after undertaking their housework chores, Provision of Sanitary towels to girl’s at Dertu and other schools within Garissa county in order to realize retention of girl’s at school and above also teaching and learning materials to improve performance Leila the former Dertu girl’s secondary school was among the first batch of candidates from the institution to sit for their form four examinations

 

 

 

WTK and WUSC Launches 3 Year Girls` Education Project (KEEP)

 

Pupils in one of the supported education centers by WTK & WUSC in Dadaab refugee camp.

We are very pleased to announce that Windle Trust Kenya (WTK) along with WUSC, has secured funding to continue our work in girls’ education in Kenya. The Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP) was one of the initiatives selected by the UK government’s aid agency

Department for International Development (DFID), as part of their Girls’ Education Challenge “Step Change” fund. DFID’s  Girls’ Education Challenge represents the single greatest investment in girls’ education made by a donor. WUSC will receive 12 million pounds over three years.

KEEP aims to improve the life chances of marginalized girls and boys in Northern Kenya, by improving the access and quality of education in four target communities (including the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps where WUSC and WTK currently operate). The project will work towards:

  1. building girl-friendly school environments,
  2. providing targeted support to female learners, and
  3. generating parent and community support for girls’ education

KEEP is the latest evolution of WUSC’s work with girl’s education in the camps and surrounding areas. In 2007, WUSC launched its in-camp strategy for refugee programming, with three key objectives:

  1. increasing girls’ access to education,
  2. improving quality and access to formal and non-formal education, and
  3. increasing awareness amongst Canadian about refugee issues.

With the support of 60 Million Girls Foundation in 2008, WUSC and WTK were able to pilot the girls’ education initiative. A main component of the pilot was the remedial education courses. Thanks to the after-school courses, girls were able to catch up on their homework and become more confident in their abilities. In 2011, WUSC received continued funding to help our in-camp initiatives through the US State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

With the funding from 60 Million Girls and BPRM, WUSC and WTK were able to learn lessons and build the evidence base necessary to attract additional donor support.

WUSC Local Committees and individual donors also played a huge role by raising money and awareness for theShine a Light campaign, which provided refugee girls with the skills and resources needed to thrive at school. Many LCs, who were already supporting the Student Refugee Program, understood the importance of girls’ education and they encouraged WUSC to make this a top priority.

With this new DFID funding, WUSC and WTK will be able to sustain and further develop the work started in the camps to increase the number of girls succeeding in school.

WUSC’s Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP) is funded by the UK Government. The project will be jointly implemented with Windle Trust Kenya.

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Funded by UK AID

Great Achievements 11 times

Scholars with current DAFIKESO Students Executive-2012

When the Catholic University of Eastern Africa held its 27th graduation ceremony on Friday, 5th October 2012 in Nairobi, 11 out of the total 2593 graduates were Windle Trust’s scholars.

These scholars have braved the challenging academic rigors to clinch high academic achievements. Mustaf Garane Muse (Commerce), Alice Uwodusenga Bahizi (Commerce) and Jules Bashizi Irenge (Computer Science) were awarded first class honors degrees. Amina Dayib,

Haruna Aaron, Adan Idle, Haji Kamal, Mowlid Mohamed, Mohamed Nasib, Abdirizak Hassan and Daud Mohamed attained second class upper division in their respective disciplines.

These scholars have been supported under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) DAFI Albert Einstein Education grant which Windle Trust Kenya implements on behalf of UNHCR.

Windle Trust Kenya hosted a reception in honor of the new graduates on Monday, 8th October 2012 in Nairobi city. Already Jules (Nairobi), Nasib (Somalia) and Aaron (Kakuma) have been absorbed into the job market. ‘I’d like to work for the Central Bank of Somalia and lecture on Economics when I get back home’, asserts Mowlid Mohamed a graduate in Economics. Windle Trust Kenya wishes the graduates all the best in their endeavors’ towards contributing to sustainable development in their respective communities.

Scholars with Windle Trust Kenya & UNHCR  representatives

Welcome to Windle Trust Kenya Blog

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Inset: The WTK Executive Director addressing students in one of  our schools in Dadaab refugee camp in 2011.

Our blog  provides you with updates  about Windle Trust Kenya (WTK) activities, information, and opportunities. Windle Trust Kenya offers a number  of programs to help refugees’ exploit their full potential like any other citizen. Windle Trust’s programs are focused on improving education in Kenyan refugee camps which  include:-

  • Education programs (Secondary Education)
  • Scholarship programs ( KEEP,SRP,DAFI, DD PURI,BHER among others)
  • Language Training ( ELP-English Language program)

For more information please visit our website by navigating to this url www.windle.org