Since 2005, GPE has supported Kenya’s impressive progress toward getting all children into school and learning. That progress, in turn, has advanced the country’s overall economic and social development.
Under Vision 2030, Kenya’s strategy for 2008–2030, education is seen as a vital sector to transform the country into an industrialized, middle-income economy.
However, despite this remarkable progress in education and economic development, poor and disadvantaged Kenyan children from remote regions are less likely to attend or complete primary school.
In Turkana County, the largest in north-western Kenya, children continue to face deep economic and educational challenges. Issues such as generational poverty, distance to school, lack of access to learning materials and digital resources, and poor nutrition continue to impede children’s learning.
Joining efforts to support children in Turkana County
Schools in Turkana have shown low performance in early grade as compared to urban schools. Schools continue to have poor infrastructure, deep barriers still exist for girls to go to school, and opportunities for employment for youth are drastically low.
Given these challenges and the need to boost education levels to be on par with other high performing schools in Kenya, GPE and Rotary International chose Turkana as the initial location for the implementation of a strategic partnership.
Both organizations share the same vision of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) – inclusive and equitable quality education - and recognize the central role education plays in the realization of all SDGs.
Through this strategic alliance, involving Rotary Kenya and the Ministry of Education, Rotary and GPE will collaborate in ways that enhance and add unique value to Kenya’s efforts to strengthen the country’s education system.
A history of improving global health and education
With over 1.2 million members around the world, Rotary connects people from every continent, culture, and occupation to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
Rotary does this by taking action to empower youth, advance communities, enhance health, and promote peace through improving health interventions, supporting the provision of education, and alleviating poverty.
Rotary International has been a leading organization in the global campaign to eradicate polio for more than 30 years.