Mathare is an informal settlement located in the heart of Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Home to approximately 200 000 – 300 000 people, more than a half of them children, Mathare covers an area of only 5 square miles. Most inhabitants of Mathare live in temporary structures – houses made of iron sheets, timber and plywood, usually without access to running water or electricity.
In Mathare there are only three public primary schools providing education to approximately 3 000 children. The rest of the youngest population of Mathare is attending so called non-formal schools – educational institutions set up by the members of local community. There are approximately 80 such schools in Mathare. Although they offer education on primary level to most of the children living on Mathare, non-formal schools do not receive any financial support from the government. Lack of proper school infrastructure, sanitary facilities and educational resources as well as the need to increase teachers' qualifications – these are just a few out of many challenges faced by these community based educational institutions.
Education Effect Africa is working with teachers and students from Mathare schools to improve the quality of teaching and learning and to provide children with safe and conducive environment. Read more about our programs.