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Non-Governmental Organizations in Kenya's Education Sector

Bandi, Gwendolin Joan (2011) Non-Governmental Organizations in Kenya's Education Sector. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In 2000, the United Nations presented the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the world's leaders in a collective effort to promote poverty reducing initiatives including universal education. The goal of providing basic social programs such as education has been stressed in human rights initiatives and global development projects since 1948 and has been the focus Kenya's national development programs since its independence. During the Kenyatta and Moi regimes, collective harambee efforts between the local communities, the Kenyan government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) were established to provide physical infrastructure and feeding programs in the public school sector. The Kenyan government was unable to instate a sufficient free primary education system until recently. In 2003, President Mwai Kibaki issued the Free Primary Education Act, abolishing all primary school fees for public schools in Kenya. Vision 2030 outlines the implementation and enhancement efforts proposed by the Kenya interim government in 2008 to secure the future success of the Free Primary Education (FPE) Act of 2003. The reality of this vision requires the involvement and guidance of supportive Non-Governmental Organizations in the area, especially in the aftermath of the 2008 post-election violence. This study was conducted in an effort to increase the data available on the relationships between the Ministry of Education, primary school educators, the community and NGOS in Kenya's education sector. Through interviews and focus groups with the Ministry of Education, teachers in private and public primary school systems and directors at SNV Netherlands, a Dutch NGO operating in Kenya, it is concluded that the involvement of NGOs in Kenya's education sector is inevitable if the government is to succeed in its promises of providing Universal free primary education.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bandi, Gwendolin Joangjb10@pitt.eduGJB10
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWeaver, Clyde Mitchellmithweav@pitt.eduMITHWEAV
Committee MemberBlake, Cecilcblake@pitt.eduCBLAKE
Committee MemberKivuva, Joshua
Committee MemberAnyango-Kivuva,
Date: 9 May 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 6 April 2011
Approval Date: 9 May 2011
Submission Date: 22 April 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education; Kenya; NGOs; SNV
Other ID:, etd-04222011-105641
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:41
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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