Kenya’s economy contracted for the first time in nearly three decades because of COVID-19. A trickle-down effect puts education even farther out of reach for most Kenyan kids.
Even before the pandemic, many parents in rural Kenya struggled to find education for their children. “It’s up to these communities to come up with their school,” Kenya Hope’s Joy Mueller explains.
“The Kenyan government does not build public schools in rural areas.”
Poverty presents another persistent problem. If a school becomes available, education may still be out of reach for large families.
“[Kenyan] schools all charge a school fee and, even though it’s a very small fee, that quickly adds up when you have multiple kids. On top of that, they (parents) also have to pay for school uniforms,” Mueller says.
As described here, Christian missionaries first introduced Western-style education to Kenya’s coastal communities in 1557. British occupation later saw more classrooms pop up around the country. By the time Kenya declared independence in 1963, government schools were commonplace in urban areas.
However, 58 years later, many remote communities still lack access to education:
Despite the wishful reforms the government attempted to put in place, this system has not changed much. For example, a bigger portion of government resource allocation goes to the national schools such as Alliance, Mangu, Starehe, and Moi Forces Academy, followed by provincial schools and, at the bottom of the table, district schools.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Now that you know about these needs, ask the Lord how He wants you to respond. Then, follow-through in obedience.
- Pray entire families and communities will change as people encounter Christ through Kenya Hope and its local partners.