INTRODUCTION awareness on the need of better

INTRODUCTION

For many years, western part of
Kenya (kakamega) through various resolutions has voiced its concern over the
disadvantageous position of women in the society. In Africa, for example,
although women from half of the total population, adequate opportunities have
not been provided for them. Illiteracy is higher among women than among men.
School enrollments are lower for girls than for boys and there are still very
few opportunities for vocational and on-the-job training for girls and women in
both traditional and in the modern sector. Furthermore, the traditional role of
African women in economic life is not acknowledged in the modern sectors. Their
potential contribution is therefore hardly taken into account in national
development planning. This project will help the people of the community to
understand the meaning of their lives and their inner potentialities. Also, the
women of these communities were in need of professional help to get out of
their sluggishness, fear, lethargy and superstition. Therefore, introduction of
modern technology training to the women will create awareness on the need of
better health, adult education and income generation programs.

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Through various survey-based activities, it is expected that
the proposed project would provide the much needed evidence of the way literacy
are being organized, literacy materials currently in use, the types of problems
that exist, how these are tackled, the impact or effect of these programs on
the learners, their families, in their neighborhood and among their
communities, and how the value or effectiveness of these programs could be
raised further.  The project will
particularly look into ways these programs reinforce formal schooling, creating
thus a more favorable learning environment conducive to full participation and
better achievement. This project will focus to the entire community of women
who dropped out of school at their early stages and those who lack formal
education. The main objective of this project is to enhance socio-ec0onomic
development of women and their empowerment for sustainable development through
introduction of modern technology training programs. The specific objectives
are; to create awareness among women and youth on their present condition and
to bring out their opinion on the cause of their problem, to encourage women
and youth to think, act and help to develop in the hope and spirit of hard work,
to organize women for the betterment of their family and community, to help the
most vulnerable groups in the communities especially girls through specialized
vocational training programs so that they could be catalyst to change and to
provide specialized services to the needy such as alcoholics, anti-social
elements and to those individuals and groups who have socio-psychological
problems which prevent them to integrate themselves in general community.

 

Statement of the problem

For many years, western part of Kenya (kakamega) through various
resolutions has voiced its concern over the disadvantageous position of women
in the society. In Africa, for example, although women from half of the total
population, adequate opportunities have not been provided for them. Illiteracy is
higher among women than among men. School enrollments are lower for girls than
for boys and there are still very few opportunities for vocational and
on-the-job training for girls and women in both traditional and in the modern
sector. Furthermore, the traditional role of African women in economic life is
not acknowledged in the modern sectors. Their potential contribution is
therefore hardly taken into account in national development planning. This
project will help the people of the community to understand the meaning of
their lives and their inner potentialities. Also, the women of these
communities were in need of professional help to get out of their sluggishness,
fear, lethargy and superstition. Therefore, introduction of modern technology
training to the women will create awareness on the need of better health, adult
education and income generation programs. This project will focus to the entire
community of women who drop out of school at their early stages and those who
lack formal education.

 

 

 

 

 

Objectives

Main objective

To enhance socio-economic development of women and their
empowerment for sustainable development through introduction of modern
technology training programs.

 

Specific objectives

1.     
To create awareness among women and youth on
their present condition and to bring out their opinion on the cause of their
problem,

2.     
To encourage women and youth to think, act and
help to develop in the hope and spirit of hard work,

3.     
To organize women for the betterment of their
family and community,

4.     
To help the most vulnerable groups in the
communities especially girls through specialized vocational training programs
so that they could be catalyst to change

5.     
To provide specialized services to the needy
such as alcoholics, anti-social elements and to those individuals and groups
who have socio-psychological problems which prevent them to integrate
themselves in general community.

 

Strategies and activities

ACTIVITIES

In order to achieve these
objectives the project will:

·        
assist the Ministry of Education to assess
rapidly literacy levels across the country and identify available support, such
as facilities, teachers and learning materials and, on the basis of this basic
information, assist the Ministry to review major policies, approaches and
strategies, and in the definition of realistic objectives to be achieved in
non-formal and adult education programs, within a fixed timeframe;

·        
assist the Government in preparation of an
action plan and guidance materials to improve planning and management of literacy
and  infrastructural support to these programs;

·        
Provide technical support in designing and
implementing time-bound special programs for out-of-school girls and illiterate
women, and likewise for adolescent and adult males. Special attention will be
accorded to involving local and national women’s organizations such as KWFT and
NGOs which have specific experience in working with women in(name parts)

·        
Use and distribute rapidly available learning
materials in lugari constituencies; in addition support the design of
culturally appropriate weaving and crafting programs and prepare
teaching-learning aids for scaling up and replicating innovations that are
likely to have significant impact .

·        
prepare training materials for introducing
administrative reforms, rules, regulations, work ethics, training and
management systems for monitoring and evaluation of literacy and information
technology programs;

 

In order to realize these
objectives, the county government should work with collaboration of some
teachers and volunteers to help facilitate the programs are well managed. The
county government should also provide technical assistance aimed at creating
open learning communities, with particular emphasis on innovative
community-based programs combining literacy and skills training for income
generation and poverty alleviation. Particular attention will be paid to ensure
active involvement and participation of adolescent and adult women in the
process of designing and implementation of these activities.

 

The project will also seek
cooperation and support from NGOs in developing need-based literacy materials
of the Programme for all the people that will be involved through literacy
guides and textbooks for addressing the urgent needs of kakamega people in
health, hygiene, sanitation, income generation, environment and women’s
empowerment. This project will also sought for cooperation in establishing
community learning centers (CLCs) and training of  IT (Information Technology)facilitators. Rapid
translations will be emphasized for language barriers.

 

This project will assist the Department
of the Ministry of Education and KWFT in over-all coordination of the project
activities, provide logistic support, establish a time-frame, manage project funds,
prepare training materials, disseminate information, case studies under the
project activities, organize national and sub-national technical meetings,
liaise with the national authorities and ensure follow-up activities. The
involvement of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs will also be promoted.

 

This project will provide
technical support and assist the county government in reviewing past
experiences and on-going models of non-formal education including those in use
by NGOs. It will help the Ministry in identifying and training a core group of
literacy planners and promoters with a view to first undertake a county-wide
information technology survey and then assess implementation strategies on
making the system work particularly for out-of-school girls and women. Another
critical activity which is foreseen in this project is to explore ways and
means for intensive advocacy to persuade political leaders, policy-makers and
administrators to reform the system. The core group of literacy planners and
promoters, in close cooperation with provincial decision makers and, will be in
charge of conducting the survey, undertake advocacy activities.

 

This project will help the
Ministry in promoting human rights approach by ensuring advocacy for the right
to education and grounding educational development for the marginalized within
their lived realities. It will help revitalize the concept of literacy and
non-formal education and emphasize its relevance to the needs of the rural
population and specifically the excluded such as women. It will lend its
support to the development of reforms, policies and appropriate programs
complementary to the formal school system. It will help the Ministry in
identifying strategies and comprehensive approaches focusing primarily on women,
young girls, marginalized youth, people with special needs, with a permanent
focus on the complex tribal/ethnic and linguistic situation in the country.

 

It will also assist the county
government to develop a plan for the development of community-based and
demand-driven approaches to literacy for those who missed and cannot return to
formal education due to a variety of reasons. It will assist the government in
identifying policy measures for bridging the gap between primary-based and
modern education system.

 

Based on the success of Community
Learning Centers in the Asia-Pacific region (Bangkok Bureau’s experience of
CLCs in 18 countries of the Asia-pacific region, for example), the project will
facilitate networking for promoting better policy dialogue and more cooperative
and collaborative approaches for eradicating poverty and reducing illiteracy,
having greater impact on the government’s decisions at the local sub-national
and national levels with a focused attention to the re-insertion of girls and
women into educational life.

 

The project will thus consist of
a national planning meeting, technical expert meeting, national training
workshops, and case studies and at a later stage a national follow-up and
evaluation meeting. In summary, the project contribution will include:

 

Technical
assistance for training and monitoring;
Development
and distribution of prototype training/learning materials for information
technology ;
Establishment
of national and sub-national networks at a later stage;
Helping
with the creation of a favorable environment conducive to poverty
alleviation; promotion of informal and community-based approaches
capitalizing on capacities of the rural 
poor and aiming at self-reliance;
Assistance
in the development of a community information system to enable “one-step”
access to relevant data and information;
Networking
and sharing among government and non-government institutions and
community-based organizations. 

 

Specific Activities:

·        
National planning meeting. These will be
management of the various activities that will be organized to clarify the main
issues and conceptual framework of the project. The planning will review the
programs activities through data collection and analysis. Moreover, initiating
networking among NGOs and stakeholders for support.

·        
Identification and training various core groups
of planners, trainers and promoters to undertake a rapid survey on literacy
level in all areas within the county.

·        
Scanning exercise of already existing literacy
programs will be undertaken to identify projects with potential for scaling up
and improving them. The result of the scanning exercise will be used for
assisting national authorities with developing a realistic national literacy
among the people with short and medium objectives.

·        
Technical workshop will involve development of a
set of ‘guiding materials’ for training literacy personnel and community
developments agents in planning and management of IT programs. Furthermore, these
programs will act as key strategy for promoting democratic social cohesion,
building culture of peace and poverty alleviation.

·        
Implementation of literacy and Non-Formal
education programme will begin from an early stage through support of existing
innovative programs that are willing to work with parameters described above.

·        
NFE data collection and analysis scheme will be
set up as the project develops, but only after the initial phase of the first
survey and first literacy activities have been undertaken and concluded; it is
planned to identify and train core group of statisticians, planners and data
collectors to lay the foundation of a comprehensive NFE system. Then at a later
stage, the information will be collected, assimilated, analyzed and reported
for the planning of NFE follow-activities.

An indicative
time frame for the activities to be implemented during the project is shown
below.

Month
 
 
 
Activities

June
2018

July
2018

Aug
2018

Sept
2018

Oct
2018

Nov
2018

Dec
2018

Jan
2019

Mar
2019

Apr
2019

May
2019

June
2019

National planning
Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical expert meeting for
strengthening NFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trials of innovative approaches in
selected CLCs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building national capacity of NFE facilitators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designing the national literacy and NFE
framework

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evaluation and synthesis of project
activities and launch of NFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUTPUTS

 

The proposed project is a modest
effort in analyzing and identifying critical issues and problems related to children,
youth and adults, particularly girls and women, who have not been enrolled in
the formal school system. The project intends to provide a firsthand account of
issues and challenges related to planning and management of NFE, identifying
projects that can be easily scaled up and disseminated. In particular the programme
will focus on IT skills as one of the major NFE programs to sharpen computer
skills to the entire people of interest. The results and outcomes of this
undertaking, linking both upstream and immediate implementation, will include:

 

The
preparation of large scale project and programme proposals which are
likely to attract and mobilize sufficient funds from governmental and
non-governmental organizations.
An
in-depth analysis of problems and issues related to access and quality of
girls and women education and innovative initiatives to be taken for their
integration in the mainstream of schooling;
A
reference document for consultation with the national planners and
policy-makers, selected academia, NGOs, private bodies, UN and other
bilateral development partners for raising and seeking technical and
financial commitments;
National/sub-national
networks strengthened;
Holistic
information/data collected on literacy and NFE experiences and development
opportunities; locally specific development needs of the poor assessed;
and
Local
and national facilitators of community-based literacy/NFE programs trained
and retrained;
Consolidation
of on-going literacy/NFE programs and initiating of innovative pilot
projects and a national literacy and NFE programme.

 

BUDGET

 

                                                                                                      US $

National
Planning Meetings                                                   50,000

2    Training of core group of literacy
planners/trainers             100,000

3    National survey and advocacy                                                120,000          

4    Establishing provincial literacy centers                                  2,000,000

5    Review of framework of literacy and NFE
programme

at the national, provincial and district levels.                        50,000

6    Training of first batch of literacy trainers                              100,000

7    Technical expert meeting for strengthening

NFE Department,                                                                    50,000

8    Printing and distribution of materials                                                300,000

9    Hardware, software, furniture, and

             other logistic support to NFE
Department.                           120,000

10   
Trial in selected CLCs and development of CLCs       .           20,000

Capacity
building for NFE planners, administrators,

Trainers and
teachers                                                             40,000

Development
of NFE-MIS and NFE-GIS                                   30,000
Developing
specific radio programs for Literacy                   120,000
National
studies                                                                      50,000
Reporting
and miscellaneous costs                                        80,000
Transport
and security                                                                        200,000