Project information

Teacher Development

We aim to improve education in community schools of the Nairobi slums where most teachers only have a high school (secondary) education. Basic teacher training, will improve the education received by some of Africa's poorest children and empower them to improve their own lives and communities.

June 2014 - August 2015

Charity information: Porridge And Rice (uji Na Mchele)

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  • Need


    The quality of education received by children in the slums of Nairobi is frequently poor because the majority of teachers have no more than a form 4 school leaving certificate. Many of these teachers are both talented and committed but simply cannot afford the college or university fees needed to obtain the necessary training. An untrained teacher is paid about £50 a month when the school has funds and need every penny to survive, so college fees of £200 to £300 a month is beyond their means.


    Currently, our project is working with two schools in the Lenana slums which have 15 teachers between them. We have identified nationally recognised residential courses that offer a first level diploma in one year in primary education. Twelve of the teachers qualify for this course, and the remaining three qualify for a 3 year educational degree at Nairobi University which is available in evenings and holidays. The education that the children receive will improve because of training the teachers

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To pay the fees for 12 teachers to obtain a diploma in primary school education to raise standards


    » We are undertaking a range of fund raising activities from sponsored cycle rides to cake sales to raise the money to cover the course fees.

    What success will look like

    Success will be raising £3,000 to pay course fees, text books and stationary for each of 12 teachers to enable them to enrol in August 2014 for a 1 year primary education diploma.

    Aim 2

    To pay the fees for 3 teachers to do the first year of a degree in education at Nairobi university.


    » A range of fund raising activities from a London to Paris cycle rides to bagging at Tesco, as well as applications to businesses for sponsorship.

    What success will look like

    Success will be raising £1,500 for course fees, text books and stationary for 3 teachers to enable them to enrol in August 2014 for a degree in education at Nairobi University.

  • Impact


    The success of this project will be demonstrated by the results obtained by the children at each school in national exams. Each child takes national exams at the end of primary school which are set and marked by the Kenyan department of education. The results are standardised and published so easy to track and monitor. A higher quality of education, will result in higher national scores enabling more children to move on to high school thus empowering them to improve their own lives.


    There is a risk that some of the teachers may not complete or pass the courses. In order to reduce this risk, teachers will be required to repay fees if they do not complete or pass the course. They will sign a simple contract as a member of a group to enforce the agreement. There is also a risk that the teachers once qualified will look for better paid employment. In order to mitigate this risk, the contract includes a requirement that teachers work for 2 years for each year of fees paid.


    We take volunteers to Kenya 3 times a year to work in the schools we support. Donors are invited to be volunteers so that they can make their own first hand assessment. We will forward exam results to donors. In addition, we are happy to discuss what feedback donors would like where possible.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Course Fees Course fees for 12 teachers for primary education diploma
      £1,500 Course Fees Course fees for 3 teachers to enrol for first year of degree in education at Nairobi university
  • Background


    The two schools we are supporting are in the Lenana slums of Nairobi in Kenya. They are known as Excel Emmanuel and Glad Kids. Both are community schools. They receive no funding from the Kenyan government. All pupils pay school fees on a monthly basis.


    The teachers will become trained teachers able to do their jobs effectively. The students will receive an improved education from their trained teachers enabling them to improve their exam performance. With a better primary education, the children stand a better chance of securing secondary school places and then university. In the long term, they will be better equipped to improve their lives and play a positive role in helping their country develop.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    All our members and trustees are volunteers keeping our costs extremely low as a charity. We have built close relationships with both schools and know the teachers extremely well as a result of regular visits to the schools. We have researched the school system, education requirements and courses in Kenya and talked at length to the teachers about the challenges they face plus the commitment that we require from them to fund their studies. We maintain contact with the schools between visits.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ken Surridge / Volunteer

    Charity chair, responsible for managing projects and primary contact with Nairobi schools with proven experience managing large commercial projects.

    Brigitte Pickersgill / Volunteer

    Responsible for fund raising and managing projects, with extensive experience at the top end of the hospitality sector.

    Trustees And Volunteers

    The charity is governed by members and trustees all of whom are listed on our website. All participate actively in charity projects in the UK & Kenya.