BREAKING THE SILENCE: YOUTH ADVOCATES FOR THE RIGHT TO SEXUALITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT.

Project Launching

This project is supported by CISU through 100% for children for a period of two years 2020-2021, and it’s being implemented by Help Mission Development Services in Baringo County and Positive Life Kenya in Mulolongo Machakos County. The project is targeting to reach 34 schools (HMDS 17 schools and Positive life Kenya 17) and direct beneficiaries 4080 students.

Primary target groups:

  1. Children and youth in selected primary, secondary and vocational schools in the urban slum area, Mlolongo, and the poor rural areas of Baringo County.
  2. Teachers and the schools

Secondary target groups:

 

The appropriate authorities

Government officials at sub-county-level and at metropolitan-level (in Nairobi), are the a target group, and agreements from these officials directly responsible for the schools that we work with have been acquired already.

 

Objective and relevance

Breaking the silence: Voices of change and civic engagement

 

The objective of this intervention is to empower young people to have increased control over their own lives, bodies and the community factors which impact upon it. This means that young people have the knowledge and skills to intervene and shape their surroundings by speaking up and advocating for their own rights through civil society engagement.

 

Project duty bearers and civic engagement

This project is an intervention that takes place where formal education makes little room for student participation beyond recitation and answering the teacher’s questions with yes or no. This means that pupils find it difficult to express them in analytical and critical thinking where answers are more blurred, complex, independent and at times subjective. This raises concerns on a civil societal level, as the students are the future decision/opinion makers and agents of change. Strong active citizenship based on critical independent thinking is the cornerstone of a continued democratic process.

This intervention aims to pursue the objective through 5 immediate objectives:

  1. The institutionalization of the pedagogical method Active Assessment in project schools, to continue the trust-based dialogue between the teachers and the pupils started in the pilot
  2. Establishing school clubs in selected secondary and vocational schools. The school clubs will act as CBO organizations and become catalyst introducing and guiding secondary students towards civil society engagement
  3. A Digital Ambassadors Programme facilitating intercultural video exchanges between Kenyan youth and Danish youth
  4. Capacity building of Kenyan partners advocacy and networking skills
  5. Advocacy work by Kenyan partner organization for better Life Skill education and for a fair and proper distribution of resources as the new Kenyan school reform is implemented.

 

The launching of the project was done in February in Machakos County where in attendance from 100% for Children: Camilla Legendre -Daily Manager and Charlotte Lea Jensen -Head of Communications and fundraiser. Other participants were Carsten Willersted a volunteer in HMDS, HMDS two representatives and six representatives from positive life Kenya.

 

We had other groups that attended but only a day; Centre for the Study of Adolescence Kenya (CSA) was represented by Mr. Albert.

 

Marie Bang and Albert Obbuyi of (CSA) were to start training workshop for Positive life Kenya and Help Mission Development Services on 23rd March 2020 but due to Covid -19 outbreak it was postponed to a later date.

Child Sponsorship Programme

This is a programme that supports students who had successfully completed their primary education and their sponsors are willing to continue supporting them.

CSP is on-going in 8 primary schools with a total of 204 needy children. We plead for more sponsors for this programme because of high poverty in marginal, remote rural and slum communities that still lock out many children from accessing school in the said areas.

Youth Sponsorship Programme

Periamma continues to support vulnerable children to access education and compete effectively with other pupils in the learning institutions.

Vocational Training Programme

Reinforcement of youth polytechnics, Girl clubs in youth polytechnics (Y.P's), Income generating activities for Y.P's, Income generating activities for the youth.

Urgent Projects

This is where we take a project that needs help immediately our current Urgent project is the renovation of the current dilapidated classes used by pupils at embogong primary. Funds are needed for permanent Structures.

Vijana Na Ujuzi’ (VNU) – Youth with skill - project. The VNU involve 6 YPs namely Ndumu dam, Kagoto, Njoro, Saptet and Cheptuech, all in Nakuru county. Altogether the YPs have a total of 509 students training in various technical courses.

Besides providing equipment, HMDS facilitates Girl-child guidance and counseling; IGA development separately for girls and each YP; trains students in entrepreneurship to spur self-employment and creation of HIV&AIDS awareness in project YPs and catchments communities. Under the project, the Organization also sponsors instructors employed by Boards of governors (often below the government threshold of Diploma qualification) to go for further studies to achieve the Diploma threshold. 15 instructors have been sponsored under career-upgrading activity and it is hoped that they will improve the teaching and learning quality of beneficiary YPs. Finally, the project facilitates management capacity building for BOG members. HMDS found this necessary because it’s expected to facilitate beneficiary ownership and ensure sustainability when HMDS eventually leaves the YP.

iii. The micro-credit project dubbed “TUMAYAKI” which means ‘Tuishi Maisha ya Kitaalam’ – i.e. let’s live professional lives – aims to strengthen the financial capability of up-coming young entrepreneurs through revolving loans scheme. 3000 young entrepreneurs have benefitted from Kshs. 3,000,000.00 and repayment stands at …….% by end of March 2014.