UPDATE: Matasia unites to improve its Children’s education.

Rose Chege a community organizer from Tatua Kenya , has continued to lead the Matasia community towards creating the change they want to see as regards the education of their children. As the Matasia community, they identified the challenge to be poor academic performance caused by lack of food for the children. Most of these people in Matasia are small scale farmers and upper lower class families earning at least a dollar per day. Years back, a feeding program was introduced by Government with support from WFP in the Arid and semi-arid areas (ASALS) and some schools in the slums of major towns in all Kenyan public primary schools. The Government could not sustain the program due to lack of funds; therefore, the program stopped and it was the responsibility of the parents to feed the children. However, this change has created Continue reading “UPDATE: Matasia unites to improve its Children’s education.”

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Matasia Primary School Sees Rise in Test Scores!

Great News! Rose  Chege, Organizing Fellow with Tatua Kenya just got a very exciting phone call From Josephat the head teacher at Matasia Primary School. The school just received their KCPE marks and the average score raised from last year. He was sure that the increase was a result of Tatua’s Campaign to improve relationships between teachers and parents. We are so excited.

in Kenya, the KCPE result is a score that evaluates your overall primary school learning and directly affects where you attend Secondary School. This increase in access to secondary education for the students will impact the well being of the entire town.

We are celebrating the immediate benefits of our work and looking forward to seeing how these students are going to raise the standards for those to come in the future. Just another example how community based change extends far past an individual.

Reflect :: Broken Relationships Affect Children

Tony Ngala, Tatua Community Organizer in Rongai, shares about his experience in Mindika.

James and I have been spending time developing a deeper understanding of the community dynamics in Mindika, the community in which we are working. In doing this I’ve begun to understand the relationship between parents and teachers, it is not very good, neither side thinks the other really cares. The person who really suffers here is the child, in this setting even they have stopped caring about their own education.

We’ve begun healing this dynamic by getting a few parents to start thinking about working with the teachers because of their shared value of seeing the kids succeed. Getting this commitment takes time. I had nine 1:1’s this week with parents and identified a few of them who would be leaders with me in this work of coming together.

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Tony Ngala, as usual, smiling and keeping Tatua going!