A 2016 study by Uwezo East Africa revealed that on average, 1 out of 10 children in Kenyan primary schools are completing class 8 without having acquired the basic competencies expected of a child completing class 2. Children in primary school are failing to master basic literacy and numeracy skills.
Our investment in education is geared towards addressing this gap by advancing Literacy and Numeracy programmes as well as Technical and Vocational Education and Training to increase youth employability.
The Sustainable Development Goal 4 calls for inclusive and equitable quality education and promotion of life-long learning opportunities for all. Primary education in the Arid and Semi- Arid Lands remains appallingly low with a child in an ASAL county three times more likely to be out of school compared to their counterparts across the country. At Safaricom Foundation, we seek to improve the lives of disadvantaged children by increasing access to equitable and innovative educational opportunities. Through our Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), we are improving reading and mathematical competencies among 3,600 learners in 60 schools spread across three counties- Turkana, Bungoma and Tana River. These are among the bottom 15 counties with least level of literacy and numeracy according to the UWEZO research “Are Our Children Learning?”.