25 July 2017

Mentorship Program

 

Introduction

The mentorship program targets primary school children from standard 6 to 8. The program is aimed at improving children retention in school by reducing school dropout rates, boost increased primary to secondary school transition through improved academic performance. This program has been built through thoughtful planning and sustained commitment to guiding participants through the mentoring process while continually improving the program.

 

Mentorship Program Target

The target audiences are primary school going children. Both boys and girls who are at risk of dropping out school due to early marriage, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, chronic repetition, family size, lack of motivation for schooling, parental negligence, influence from peers, lack of trained teacher counsellors.

 

Mentorship Program Activities include

  1. Attracting Participants for the mentorship program
  2. Training Mentors and connecting them to Mentees
  3. Guiding the mentorship relations
  4. Measuring and Assessing the mentorship program

Current Problem in Brief

Even with the introduction of Free Primary Education (FPE) in 2003, the dropout rate in Kenyan primary schools still remains high. The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) said that while 1.3million children joined primary schools at the start of FPE, only 875,300 made it to STD 8. The released report observes that 679,000 boys enrolled in STD 1 in public schools. The number dropped to 453,300 while the number of girls dropped from 632,700 to 422,000 over the same period.

 

Need for intervention through Mentorship approach

Clearly the need to focus on mentorship in relation to education cannot be over emphasized because the single most significant factor that is contributing to pupils dropping out of school is early pregnancies, lack of motivation and peer influence.

Although there is sexual education and life skills incorporated in the curriculum, it is too basic and may not be an effective intervention based on all the explicit practices and messages that children are exposed to from such an early age.

Though there is no single intervention that is guaranteed to keep children in school and reduce the dropout rate, research shows that a multifaceted approach will go a long way to not only ensuring children access to education but will also enable them remain in school for as long as the education system demands.

 

Mentorship Program Outcomes

  • Reduced school dropout rate among primary school children.
  • Increased transition rate from primary to secondary education
  • Motivated pupils towards schooling by training teacher mentors.