A campaign has been launched by World Vision Kenya to deal with the rising number of school dropouts reported in Matete, Kakamega County.
It is estimated that more than 360 learners in Lwandeti and Chevaywa wards are out of school, something which is giving education stakeholders from the region a hard time.
Kezia Ouma, the World Vision Program officer in charge of child learning, said it caught their attention that the report by the Ministry of Education said many children of school-going age were still at home.
She said that World Vision, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination, and the village opinion leaders, have struck a deal to return the learners to school.
“Today we are sharing reports from the village elders who visited each child in their homes showing why these children are not in school, and we have received a total of 160 children in the Lwandeti location and 200 in the Chevaywa location,” she said.
They intend to achieve this by organizing parents’ sensitization campaigns together with schools that report the highest dropout rates.
“We will also organize home visits where case management criteria for each of the affected children,” she added.
Frequent school levies, child labor, negligence by parents, and teenage pregnancy are some of the leading reasons children are not in school, according to the report.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.