JAMBO! My name is Kristina/Krissy Lux. I have been in education for nearly 20 years and have worked in schools both internationally and domestically in grades K-12. While working towards my PhD, one of my greatest and most fulfilling experiences has been teaching and working in Kenya.
Here are the facts:
Despite considerable progress in global education over the last 20 years, hundreds of millions of children 6 to 17 are still out of school.
Of those children, more than half do not meet minimum proficiency standards in mathematics, reading, and writing (United Nations, 2019).
In the 54 Sub-Saharan African countries, 56% of children do not achieve proficiency levels through their primary education.
The lack of relevant and student-centric curriculum underpins the cause of these dropout rates and low proficiency levels. Integrating a student centric trade-based school could be the key to shifting low proficiency levels and high dropout rates.
This seems like an overwhelming issue to tackle, but with your help I truly believe I have a small but impactful solution.
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Located in Kiminini, Kenya, Outreach to the World Incorporated (OWI), is a non-profit public charity, founded in 2004.
The mission of OWI is to care for orphan children by providing sustainable humanitarian aid by educating and empowering orphans.
A micro-trade school will be built on the already existing OWI compound. Your assistance will be needed to allow for this dream to come true!
The trade school will teach OWI orphans to reengage academically and allow for them to be marketable to enter the workplace. Trades such as sewing, basic computer skills, woodworking, and mechanics will be offered.
What is a micro-trade school:
While completing my PhD dissertation I have created an idea for building what I call a micro-trade school. Rather than enrolling Kenyan students in a 1-2 year long trade school, a micro-trade is shorter in duration and smaller in trade.
I propose to co-develop, implement, and test with OWI partners an educational opportunity for students who otherwise fail or drop out of school in Kiminini, Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa. I plan to visit Kiminini three times over a six month period for a duration of three weeks at a time. My visits will start in the fall of 2021.
Garner the active engagement of current OWI students who are otherwise virtually certain to leave school before graduating.
Co-create with OWI a hands-on student-centric curriculum based on trades necessary in the community in and around Kiminini, Kenya.
Give students the opportunity to be employable after completing their trade school.
Create a free four-week trade curriculum employing a train- the- trainer model that corresponds with national curriculum standards. Basic Mathematic and Language Arts proficiency skills will be embedded into the trade school curriculum and delivered in a project-based package for OWI orphans.
These trades include being a cobbler or seamstress.....
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