Jan 28, 2012

Education system in Kenya and the challenges

Child abuse is a global phenomenon. It occurs in all countries and in all societies. It involves the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children. It is nearly always preventable.
Today in Kenya there are thousands and thousands of the children who can’t continues with education due to lack of financially support from the parent or guardian and this challenges it has been our biggest challenges for long time in our society.
Every year start with competition of the best performance children been picked to the best school in the country, those with highest grade are picked and given opportunity to best school high school (best government school which we call National school) the other middle well performed children picked to provincials school, and others the lucky one who their parent can afford to pay any fee get opportunity to best private school.
The idea here is the best performance of your children the best position the best school!! Now let look what make a child perform well in school,
1.      Good support from the parent or guardian
2.      Enough time to study and do home work
3.      Good teachers who understand each kid interest, weakness and the main challenges
4.      Enough materials needed for all the subject students  in school
5.      Better environment, food and health.
This are few of many others, a child need to get better grade result in our school, but the challenge is how many normal Kenya children can achieve just 80% of this qualities to better performance in their schools?
I was looking for example last year result of exams in our county and the truth is most public schools about 70% percent their children did perform well, as required by professionals of education, a lot of children could not reach the main grade to be picked in the best school or get lucky for a sponsor (who looks for the children who have performed well and can’t afford school fee) and so on.
After all this yes a lot of the children reached the mean grade the average grade which means they pass to the next level, and as I said before the best school look for the best grade, so at the end of selection of children in high school we had about 65% percent of the children who could not get opportunity to join this National or provincial school and here it depend with parent if they are capable of taking their children in private school or not!
It depends with the pocket of the parent or the luck of the child to get support from well wisher or organizations which support school in Kenya. And also it not so easy for a normal kid who passed with mean grade, a sponsor majority look for bright better performance kids to support so this means a lot too who got mean grade it will be like a camel passing though a needle hole to get lucky to be sponsored.
Public School / community schools
Let see how this work with our children, the truth is only very little percent of this school give standard quality education due to the challenges which face the school management or ignored or luck of enough material for the children and teachers for better performances,
The school are cheap or fee for the children that mean the majority of parent will dump their kids here never mind how they perform or what the school has or if their children need this or that,   look this as the poor people school who just believe the children goes to school get basic education and that all, the some parent want their kids when they get out of school to make sure they have done A-B-C-D of all home work from getting water look for firewood, etc, and at the end of the day the some child need to compete and bring best grade to be picked to the national school!!
I would like we look at this very simple, just imagine you in the situation of this kids and at the end of 9 or more years of your childhood struggling with your school you parent demand and teachers, you got average mean grade but nowhere to go, No school for you!
Then look for this other kid the parent well of managed to get all the requirement for their child and looked for their child just perfect school where they got everything, good teachers, enough education materials and back home, the first question they get when they get to the house is do you have home work? So different from the other kid who when they get home the first thing their hear is, ‘’if you want supper today better fill that tank with water and get some firewood and come select this rice’’!!
My biggest worry is’ if children of fourteen years do not manage to join the high school after their primary what happens to those people life it’s not worth it, and people look them as failures because whatever they try can’t not take them so far and others they depend on them, use them to do the hardest job’s for luck of enough education, these people live the whole life wishing and hoping one day their prayers will be heard or otherwise they live looking for better thing to make themselves happy! Which some time ends them to poverty and in deep to it!
Children organization, vision, is of a world where the lives of all children reflect the international standards set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This includes the right to freedom from abuse and exploitation. The child protection policy aims to translate this commitment to children’s rights into a practical reality through our work with children and this need to start and looked more in our education system because here is where our real lives start and direct our future achievement.
My cry
My cry is to support the most needy children in our society and bring more awareness to both parent and teachers in supporting the education and their children together as much we can, give every child right to quality education and healthily environment and if we all work together bring what needed campaign for better education for all we shall bring just better and quality life to all.
Today I know so many of young men and women, me one of them who because one reason or another have lived their lives struggling to find something for themselves to do to uplift they standard of life, but in everything their do it not so promising because in their childhood they lucked what was most important for they life, 80% of this group end up in drug, and any other live challenges because of frustration everything they try they cannot compete perfect with other educated groups.
Some group of people in search of happiness end up getting married when still young and end up in life frustration struggle, which give them only they daily meal, their work turn into feeding proving they family with only one meal or more, but for the other family basic requirement turn out to be the real challenges, Some group they are the ones who take they children to public school or community school where education is free and do not mind what they get educated or not! The cycle continues and the poor keep getting poorer and the rich keep getting richer!!!
Hope Children and Empowerment Center
About 15 years ago when I left my family to our neighboring community it was my greatest hope I will find a good Samaritan who will help me in education and help me achieve my goal in life and go back to my family and help them but all that dream ended up been just a mare farm boy for almost two and half years, which was little hell for me, so I quit to work and little education I had I asked God to guide me to get good job which will help me to fulfill my life goal.
For more than six or more years I struggled and worked of all kind of jobs I could find anywhere just to have my daily meal but until I joined the voluntary organization I realized that there are millions and thousands of young people and society like me who over go a lot of challenges every day in their lives because in one thing they foundation was not started by best stone.
Afterward I started to realize everybody everything can be done and achieved only if we realize a mission in time and grow to build our goals according to our talent and interest, Hope was born in me and I become the hope agent and I mean it only what I can offer is hope and it come to my mind, my dad hand little land for us and there are thousands and thousands of other human being who do not have any place to call they home.
Without enough and good education I realized there is something I can do for others and with this I dreamed building a children center where I can help the children from my village and other neighbors’ who really need help morally, in education, and realizing the  important of the future goals.
Today am far still a lot of work to be done to complete the center but we have done quite well so far and am full of faith and believe one day the center will be glory and life changing to the next generation when completed.
Current we are working together with the community members to encourage the children in education organizing seasonal activities and looking for ways and people who can help sponsor children in education and still I as Benjamin because the land belong to me am still also looking for people who can help me in building finishing dormitory and two classrooms, office, medical room, and dining lobby which will be multi use, as social hall for local people meeting and culture and other entertainment center.
Last in life we all see things in different ways and understand things differently I do not blame who think I am big joke and I do not mind to be questioned or to be collected or to be directed but one thing I know in life everybody everyone is great because everyone can serve and everyone is special on his own way!
Have blessed day and remember helping somebody else today it’s not a waste but saving for tomorrow you never know who will be there for you tomorrow!
Always Uncle Ben

Jan 9, 2012

Did You Know! Basic Education starter is so much Important for everybody life!

Why why lord I need to help just few little one’s just one time but I can’t!  Why this?? I maybe not that perfect one but I know there is somebody who really need my help! And it now’’ or never forever’’! When I remember the life I went through and I See somebody else ending to the some direction I feel defected if I can’t do anything!
For the past few days now I have been thinking and wondering why I can’t help? There are at list five kids who I really wish I could help but even after thinking and looking all means and way’s to help them am not sure I can any more.
My biggest worry is’ if children of fourteen years do not manage to join the high school after their primary what happens to those people life it’s not worth it, and people look them as failures because whatever they try can’t not take them so far and others they depend on them, use them to do the hardest job’s for luck of enough education, these people live the whole life wishing and hoping one day their prayers will be heard or otherwise they live looking for better thing to make themselves happy! Which some time ends them to poverty and in deep to it!
Love is all we need to be happy rich or poor we all have someone special in our life and for the poor, love is all their happiness, making love become their life time melodies and because they can’t afford some family planning method babies become they daily life struggle result poverty increased more and the poor keep becoming poorer and poor.
Here come my question when will all this end, every year start with creating more worries to me every time I think of how many children drop out of school because they parents can’t afford basic needs or school fee to take they children to high education which give them un-matured freedom to search for their own basic need which some of them end’s up getting married young as for the pressure of nature.
Every child needs education protection and attention from all of us it may be not a problem to you or you may not see it but the fact still remain strong! If we need to make change we need to look much deeper and somebody said once if you want a straight strong tree you need to level it when still young.
If you are part of looking for change and better world with less poverty, it time we start rethinking and doing something now, it never too late to plan for tomorrow.
Last thanks for your time reading and hope this help you to understand my pain and my mission even if we are trying to make change in other different things like technologies’ better school, good education for all, we need to think too for those who can’t afford just basic education  to give them a better life starter.
Keep it well be the first to make that change think of giving a child better adult future by supporting less fortunate in education.
Uncle Ben

Jan 4, 2012

Think outside the Box!!! What can we make change for the great year 2012!!!

Hello Friends!!! Just jumped to a new year! are you down there or with me!!

It my hope you had great holidays and your year just started perfectly mine am good and great mentally healthily good, kindly I would like to take few of your minute if you do not mind. Kindly this very personal and am looking forward to hear from you, I have gone though a lot and I will not stop sharing it with people who cares about me or think of me in one way or another.
Interviewer asked (to a student girl candidate) - What is one morning you woke up & found that you were pregnant Girl?

- I will be very excited and take an off, to celebrate with my husband..

Normally an unmarried girl will be shocked to hear this, but she managed it well. That Why I always say it better to think sometime outside the box… what could you say were you?
Am not sure if it okay to say I may not be the perfect friend but in one way or another I was just a friend or am still a friend and it worries me if I lost one friend and this why am writing this today because one of my resolution for this year is to be more honest to myself and my friends. And if I can’t do it am not sure if I can be able to move on in darkness.
When I moved out from life darkness and started looking things positively I did know it also a another journey which you need to be much much strong and focus all the time, my life was in darkness and I did think out of box, I thought only for myself and things which made me happy in this world, today am glad I started this and I realized my goals in life even if I can’t do a lot by myself am glad I have a lot of people around me who understand me support me and think outside the Box.
Just think of this, How many children, Youth are out there cannot understand they means life and goals to achieve the their dream line!....
Hope Children and Empowerment Center is one of my greatest dream goal which I can give up to everything to see it complete and supporting children, youth and community in large, one day one time am very sure I will achieve my goals by building and giving the whole community a home where everybody can run for rescue to learn and share something with others. For sure now I can tell you how but in one way or another I know it will be finished and run its programs as our goal….
Thinking outside the Box! You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night, it's raining heavily, when suddenly you pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for a bus:

-- An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
-- An old friend who once saved your life.
-- The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing very well that there could only be one passenger in your car?

This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.
  • You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first;
  • or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back.
  • However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again...
I know there many who wonder why ask such a question by the idea is simple keep reading!
He simply answered:
"I would give the car keys to my Old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams."

Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box."
Many people and many of my friends have told me this and I have not looked back but keep on trying my best to achieve my goal’s but I feel there is something, something am not sure of and this where I need your help to understand myself collect and move on my year resolution I need honesty from you as friend and then I can find mine.
Otherwise sometime I wish I can read between the line’s and wish only if my prayers would be head and achieve one thing at time and sit down and look back and say well done to myself it was worth it journey.
Five years of working with YVC day and night many have come and gone, today it another year…. some time back there was a lot of energy from different place but today it only few who can tell where we are and what happening, this not a challenges but a lot have to be done and we have to move mountain and valleys to make a worth well course (dream) come true, and it is true even in bible say many have been called but few will reach destination, we have to be strong and be careful coz not all shinning stone you see on the way are gold!!
Last I would like you help me celebrate this achievement it not an easy one but we have to be strong and support each other in time of need…
By celebrating five (5) years of Youth Volunteer for Change organization I would love to see organization reach more Youth and children in society who really need our empowerment in sharing information and looking means of supporting them in education and other basic training.
Take this opportunity to thanks so much for been there for me support for many years, for your love, kindness, honest, and mentally spiritually and all other support you give to me, direct or indirect may you have only the best and great year ahead! Asante Sana..

Always Benjamin