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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.

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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
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmail
    Committee ChairWeaver, Clyde Mitchellmithweav@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberBlake, Cecilcblake@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberKivuva, Joshua Mjoshuakivuva@hotmail.com
    Committee MemberAnyango-Kivuva, Leonoralakivuva@gmail.com
    Title: Non-Governmental Organizations in Kenya's Education Sector
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: 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.
    Date: 09 May 2011
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 06 April 2011
    Approval Date: 09 May 2011
    Submission Date: 22 April 2011
    Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
    URN: etd-04222011-105641
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Education; Kenya; NGOs; SNV
    Schools and Programs: University Honors College
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:41
    Last Modified: 30 May 2012 13:14
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04222011-105641/, etd-04222011-105641

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