Primary Education in Poor Urban Areas of Nairobi


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James Gitchuru St. Elisabeth


Inauguration Cremony Mathare 4AThe City Council of Nairobi (CCN) is responsible for the implementation of the Project. Within CCN, the Director of the City Education Department (CED) shall be in charge of the implementation and operation of the Project. The Director of CED has appointed a Project Officer who will act as the focal point, who is the one in charge of the day to day implementation of the project. An International Consultant (IC) has been appointed to assist the Director of CED in all aspects of preparation and implementation of the Project. These aspects will cover both, technical measures (construction and rehabilitation) and social measures (sensitizing the SMC’s and training of teachers).

Capacity Building /Training ExerciseIn general, the project management (implementation,  planning, and operation of the project) shall be handled by the IC with the support and approval of the members of the PIU (Project Implementation Unit). The PIU consists of 15 members from different City Council Departments (Education, Engineering, Planning, Legal Affairs, Procurement, City Treasure, TC Office, Valuation, Water and Sewerage Departments).The planned project will comprise the rehabilitation, expansion and equipment of pre-existing public and non-formal primary schools in poor urban areas of Nairobi - and, in exceptional cases, the construction of completely new schools.

The project schools are designed as “fully functional schools” (Annex 3) and include a corresponding number of ancillary rooms (teachers’ rooms, administration, sanitary installations).Insofar as technically  possible, and as long as the running costs are covered, plans call for connecting the schools to the urban supply networks (water, sewage, electricity, roads), and outside facilities will be built accordingly (schoolyard, playground, park areas). This concept will enable the establishment of an environment that is generally conducive to learning and free of interruptions while simultaneously protecting the school infrastructure against substantial stress or damages (property enclosures, stable method of construction) – requirements that are of prime importance, especially for the informal settlement areas. PDF

Construction SiteIn addition to the construction components SMC’s (School Management Comities)  are to be included in the planning and realization of the measures in order to encourage them to identify themselves with the schools and to help maintain them (small repairs, cleaning the grounds etc.). At the same time, educational measures are sensitizing parents about the importance of education – especially for girls - in order to counteract the high repeating and   drop-out rates.The special poverty situation of the children and youths living in the slum areas requires specific teaching methods that take the experiences and physical stress caused by their social environment into account and enable them to learn successfully. In connection with these training courses the teachers are also taught how to sensitise colleagues, parents and children of an appropriate age about HIV/AIDS prevention.



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