The Knowledge and Resource Center will serve as the very first library in Maai Mahiu and the surrounding 50 km, narrowing the development divide between rural and urban areas and opening new worlds of opportunity. The KRC will provide essential support to all of CTC’s educational programs: adult literacy, study buddy, computer classes, youth health education, and environmental education.
Over 80 percent of youth in Maai Mahiu do not attend school past the 8th grade. Only 49% of secondary school aged youth attend secondary school and most adults have completed an average of 7 years of schooling. High school curriculum focuses on rote memorization of traditional academic disciplines and has little relevance to employment. With high unemployment rates and an alarming number of female residents involved in the sex trade, youth of Maai Mahiu have little to inspire them to succeed. The average primary school in Kenya has 40 students per class; classrooms at Ngeya Primary School in Maai Mahiu have over 100 students per class. Less than 1% of students from Maai Mahiu are admitted to university.
The KRC will offer both a public library and Internet café, where computers are readily available to the community of Maai Mahiu, creating new opportunities for furthering education and increasing job skills that were absent before. By greatly expanding our capacity for tutoring, the KRC will enable us to target teaching to meet the needs of students.
We've recently received a grant from Softchoice Corporation! Commited to outfitting the KRC, softchoice will be sending a team to Kenya in September to kickoff construction of the facility. Donating their IT services, Softchoice will be supplying the KRC with computers, access to internet and a connection to a power source.
The construction of the center allows us to expand our educational programming significantly by increasing our physical capacity and technological resources.
- Full time staff and volunteers to run the center and all programs
- Mentors & tutors within our "Study Buddy" program, for high school youth in 12 subjects
- Adult literacy classes through collaboration with the Kenyan Department of Adult Education
- Information Technology training classes and workshops on basic computer software
- Internet Literacy training to enable and guide access to online resources such as study materials and job postings
- Opportunities for cross cultural collaboration with peers in North America and around the world
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