“One of the biggest challenges for poverty alleviation still remains the improvement of the quality of schooling in these areas. The region performs particularly poorly in student enrolment (30-40%) and has a very poor performance on the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education exams, where the average score of the NRT communities lies about 20% below the national average. The challenges faced by many communities including prolonged drought and recurring conflict, means many children do not receive any form of consistent education. By building these blocks and ensuring that the teachers have quality facilities creates a conducive learning environment which we believe will help reverse the situation and transform lives,” said Tom Lalampaa NRT’s CEO.
This building project is one of several key deliverables under The Northern Kenya Teachers Development Project, which aims to improve the enrolment and academic performance of children in five primary schools in NRT member community conservancies. Specifically, this will be achieved by not only improving infrastructure but also by developing the capacities of teachers and directors to increase the quality of the schooling that is being provided.
The direct beneficiaries of the project will be around 1,000 primary school age children (5-14 years old) in five villages that are within the 15 contiguous Northern Rangeland Trust conservancies.
“Being in a position to visit and commission this school and later attend Melako Community Conservancy AGM is very important. As we move forward to building the resilience of and empowering communities, it is critical that we work together and lean on each other’s expertise and skills to deliver what the communities need. Once we secure the future of the children in the communities, then we know we are on the right path to securing peace, maintaining our wildlife numbers and uplifting the lives of the communities – all of which is in line with the Kenyan governments’ national development plans and aspirations for its people”, said H.E Mohamud Mohamed Ali, Governor for Marsabit County.
Melako Conservancy, where Merile Primary School is located, is one of the 31 community conservancies under the umbrella of Northern Rangelands Trust.