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Project information

Improve teaching at primary schools in Kenya

A programme to improve the quality of learning and education in our partner schools by employing extra teachers and funding training & development opportunities.


Charity information: African Promise

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  • Need


    There is a chronic shortage of government employed teachers in our partner schools, in common with many public schools across Kenya, particularly those in isolated rural areas. Similarly many of them are not equipped with adequate skills and knowledge due to a lack of training and development opportunities.


    By employing extra teachers (as well as constructing sufficient classrooms) we help to reduce class numbers to low and manageable levels. We have plans to fund training seminars for teachers both at our partner schools and others in the region, to provide teachers with the opportunity to learn and develop skills which they can bring to the classroom.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce class sizes across our partner schools to a maximum of 40 pupils and an average of 30


    » Employ additional teachers
    » Build sufficient classrooms

    What success will look like

    Success will be the elimination of any class with more than 40 pupils

    Aim 2

    To improve the quality of teachers and teaching


    » Employ trained teachers only, not school leavers
    » Sponsor seminars to be delivered by professional educational bodies
    » Construct high quality on-site teacher accommodation

    What success will look like

    Success will be ensuring that there are no untrained teachers working in our partner schools and improvements in both teacher and pupil performance.

  • Impact


    The ultimate long-term objective of our work, including the funding of extra teachers, is to provide our partner schools with the capacity to deliver an education worth having and to improve the future prospects for the children they serve.


    The employment of teachers by definition incurs regular, on-going costs. For a small charity with a fluctuating income stream there is a danger that we might find ourselves in a position where we are unable to meet our obligations. To mitigate this risk we have been careful not to over commit ourselves and are building up a large reserve of funds for this programme rather than funding it on a hand-to-mouth basis.


    Updates on our teacher employment programme will be posted on our social media channels and in our regular e-newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £17,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,000 Existing teachers Annual cost of funding 11 existing teaching positions
      £4,000 Further teachers Annual cost of funding up to 4 new posts for 2017.
      £2,000 Training & development Costs of delivering seminars and workshops
  • Background


    Our work is located in the isolated and impoverished region of Kasigau in rural south-east Kenya.

    This map shows the location of the schools - http://bit.ly/291alXC


    Our seven partner schools serve a total of 2,500 children, many from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 8 years experience operating in the field. As a result we have established an extensive knowledge and understanding of the community in which we work. Furthermore, we have built close working relationships with our partner schools and local stakeholders, and have earnt a reputation for successfully implementing a range of projects and programme that deliver tangible change and development.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Charles Coldman

    Charles, our Director, is responsible for securing funds for this programme and for strategic decision making in relation to it.