January! The memes below describe how we all feel! December had us making merry
(deservedly) but now reality checks in hard and we all have to buckle up.
10/10 when we get called by our friends to engage in activities that involve money this month
we are usually conveniently ‘mteja’.
We all remember back in the day. That last minute rush as we did back to school shopping.
How can we forget covering our exercise books with brown paper and then polythene on top?!
Oh, such memories!
How great would it be for other kids to experience the same? To go to school and mingle with
peers their age despite their background? To be able to explore their potential and realize
dreams? Hear me out then for just a few minutes.
More than 1M children sat for the 2019 KCPE National Examinations and it is expected that at
least 95% of them will be admitted into secondary school before the beginning of February. This
comes with a bitter twist to underprivileged children as secondary education isn’t free, as was
the case with primary education.
Free Primary Education was introduced in 2003 and since then, thousands of kids have gone
through the system. Despite efforts by the government to ensure 100% transition rates, students
are unable to do so since they are not able to pay the full amount.. The bulk of the fees is
payable by the parents and it accounts for about 60%. This amount is exclusive of toiletries,
uniform and pocket money. According to the World Poverty Clock, it is reported that 29% of
Kenyans live below the poverty line as they consume less than $2 a day. With such numbers, it
is no surprise that most of them end up cutting short their education after primary school.
The government plans to roll out free secondary education in the country and this would greatly
reduce the burden that parents from low income households bear. In the meantime, many
children find their dreams cut short after completing primary school as their parents cannot
afford to take them to secondary school.
Star Kids Initiative (SKI), through its scholarship fund that rolled out in mid 2019, strives to
ensure that children transition to secondary school and enjoy the same learning opportunities as
others from more privileged backgrounds. SKI has identified 5 children who will be taken
through secondary school in 2020 and it will require a collective effort from all our sponsors and
well-wishers to see this dream come true.
Donate through the paybill number and indicate SCHOLARSHIP FUND on the account name or
also through the bank account,
Follow us on our social media pages @starkidske on IG and Twitter and @starkidsInitiateke on
Facebook for more information.
Happy 2020 and may God’s favour be abundant in all your lives this year.