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Literacy For Life

Empowering local community members to take a more active role in student learning by participating.

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What problem does your innovation solve?

Biasedness towards the girl child and denial of a child, rights are some of the conspicuous issues that undermined the effectiveness of the girl child education in Kenya.
 The aspects are interestingly taken different forms and shapes based on the cultural, poverty, and even regional set up of a given place. Note that these factors are fueled by different aspects as well.

Explain your innovation.

Developing an adaptive learning concept that fits and acceptable by the community, learners, education stakeholder and other intervention agencies, this initiative develops a pilot emergency preparedness leadership program for community leaders including teachers, policy makers.

 It is possible a re-modelled short version could also be available for post disasters.
The pilot program is envisaged to be an experimental “on the job” learning program by adopting a specific learning concept which defines learning outcomes, use of “live scenario games”, an on-line learning network and an action learning framework for implementation.

Evidence: Recent disaster responses include the practice to “build back better”. INEE identifies that Education protects during crises and lays a sustainable foundation for recovery, peace, and development, however, few programs focus on this area. J.Birkmann (2008), UN University: Extreme events and disasters: a window of opportunity for change? is one of the similar papers arguing we need to learn better how to harvest the opportunities from crises, yet few seem to connect to the context of education in emergencies? Separately, the Developmental Leadership Program (DFAT); the Pacific Leadership Program (DFAT); adaptive programming (World Bank, DFID, OXFAM); the adaptive leadership model.

Who benefits?

Community leaders parents, girls and influencers such as teachers and members of the community being the main target group in the early stage hence will benefit from training, mentoring, tools and other resources available to the community that will enable them to practice and support the Idea.

 Communities education centres and students will benefit largely from school leaders being able to mobilise resources and effect change. Our major aim will be to building the capacity of women & girls education, leaders and advocating for the opportunistic approach such as the opportunity of emergency situations.

Success will be measured by how participants have been able to participate and recognise purposeful changes that they would like to make and analyse as potential interventions in the likelihood. This will include interventions before, during and after an emergency to assist these changes to happen.

How is your innovation unique?

The uniqueness of this innovation is that we develop curriculum for girls under absolute emergency that will cater for their educational need and dedicated to those living in extreme situations and accessible to non-professional cadres. The other organisation using the similar approach are the ministry of education department of adult and continuing education. They are using a similar method but slightly different on approach. My idea is different because we use locally available materials to make the learning materials which are easily available and accessible.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

- What are the common factors in successful projects?
- What are the common challenges?
-What sectoral, cultural and contextual factors need to be addressed in adapting and applying this approach to education in emergencies?
-Can this type of program be adapted and used in a post-emergency environment as well as in emergency preparedness?

Tell us more about you.

KCSD is registered academic Institution as non-profit making in Kenya. We work with ministry of education, education stakeholders such as faith-based organisations and Civil Society Organisations responding to the urgent calamities such as IDPs for post elections 2007 chaos. with a current program focusing on the education of girl child and protection, We're looking for a collaborator like OpenIDEO to come forward and join our small skilled team to support the implementation of the program.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster
  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Extreme drought

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

2007 election was rigged, Kenya experienced a serious civil unrest where schools and Churches were frequently used as refugee camps, scarcity of resources was felt during emergencies and could be better leveraged for longer term impact. Most communities have other issues such as segregation which are re-evaluated during emergencies when people conveniently work together. With the right leadership, Churches and schools may be able to seize these moments to support communities working together.

Where will your innovation be implemented?


Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

In-country Networks

KCSD has Skilled and experience in working with networks across Kenya and in evaluating educational programs. Through networks, KCSD brings the expertise in education, training, workshop facilitation and management of programs. The existing partners are Kenya Community Development Foundation, Yetu Initiative and GlobalGiving

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

I'm an educator by profession and leading expert in the implementation of education programs. I have participated in many education reforms for the last 12 years. That is including strategic planning and curriculum development processes in the Ministry of Education where school leadership have featured prominently.

Innovation Maturity

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Organization Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Organization Location




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