“We would like our girls to go to school and learn; obtain an education and in future be able to be self-reliant. This is the surest way of securing their future”
There are 207 Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers, 129 primary schools, 16 Secondary schools and four youth polytechnics in the county. There are however no commercial or public colleges and universities in the county. The proportion of primary schools that are situated within a radius of less than one kilometer from the community is 79 per cent, less than five kilometer is 7.7 per cent while more than five kilometers is 84.4 per cent. This implies than majority of schools are located at distances that are more than five kilometers from home, posing a challenge in terms of accessibility.
During drought, a significant number of children drop out of school because there is no food and water. Some must accompany their mobile herding parents in search of pasture and water for livestock. Our interventions in provision of meals in some schools, text books and reading materials, construction of classrooms and masonry water storage tanks plus supply of energy saving stoves has resulted in significant changes in targeted schools. This is beginning to have an impact on learning outcomes, particularly in reading, writing and numeracy skills.