Pastoralist Youth Education Initiative (PYEI)
IN MARSABIT COUNTY, KENYA, ONLY 17.6% OF PEOPLE OVER AGE SIX HAVE EVER ATTENDED SCHOOL AND OF THAT NUMBER, ONLY 14.6% ARE GIRLS. THE COUNTY ALSO EXHIBITS THE POOREST EDUCATION INDICATORS IN THE COUNTRY, WITH LITERACY LEVELS AS LOW AS 20%.
The Pastoralist Youth Education Initiative (PYEI) is a multi-donor project that is the follow-on phase for the pilot MNFE project that forms the second phase of Adeso’s approach to enhancing economic and social opportunities of marginalized pastoral children in Marsabit, Kenya through improved access to quality education. Taking a holistic approach project seeks to enhance access to education for pastoralist children, with emphasis on girls; contributing to their economic empowerment, and increasing their participation in the workforce hence contributing to poverty alleviation
This 18 month project (June 2017 to December 2018) is designed to improve education outcomes as one of it's key components. Therefore, the project will focus its efforts on improving the quality of education delivered by providing additional teacher training, supplementary subject teachers, classroom resources and extracurricular sessions on relevant life skills to improve student learning outcomes and make an impact on the final scores in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). Other components of the PYEI framework include: providing pathways to funding sources for post primary education (secondary and vocational education); researching and putting in place strategies to aid transition, retention and improvement of learning outcomes for pastoralist children in secondary education; and providing appropriate vocational skills will be addressed by other donors.
The project is expected to improve access to alternative primary education, provide marginalized children and adolescents with quality, inclusive teaching and learning, increase post primary education opportunities for marginalized populations and influence county and national government investments in education through increased awareness.