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Girl child dropout rate high in Msambweni

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Mbwana Bwatah, Msambweni children officer during the interview. Many children in Msambweni still do not enjoy the free primary education. Picture: Omar MwalagoCases of girls who get pregnant while in have been high in Msambweni. However, most of them have lacked encouragement to go back to school. Recently however, about 14 out 16 who fell pregnant are going back to school with the help of the head teachers, children’s officers and non-governmental organisations in Kikoneni Location, Msambweni District.

Students in Kenyan secondary schools are experiencing higher levels of bullying than the international trend, a development researchers warn may hurt individual performance and self-esteem.

Those who are bullied are increasing transforming themselves into bullies increasing the prevalence of the incidence in secondary schools, according to research released one week ago by Africa Mental Health Foundation.

In an attempt to internationalize their course, the department of architecture at the University of Nairobi has for the first time broken with tradition and started to offer two degrees in a single course, simultaneously.

The two tier-degree course in architecture, as it is now known, is part of the strategy by the department to transform itself into a world class school of architecture.

Some of the poorest countries in Africa have put in place appropriate laws and policies to protect child rights than wealthier countries.

The countries have allocated their limited resources to the provision of basic needs for their children and the funding arrangement has helped greatly in protecting the children against exploitation and harmful traditional practices.

Take this scenario in Kisumu. One morning as he was going around the school to ensure everything was running smoothly, the headmaster of St Marks Nyabera Primary School in Nyalenda informal settlement, Kisumu, noticed a group of pupils in class four giggling as they flipped through what looked like a book.

On seeing him, the students folded it and pretended to be studying. He too pretended not to have seen them and proceeded on. But he had marked one of them, and during break-time, he summoned the student to come to his office.

Pupils of the Sir Ali Primary School in Malindi town, Kilifi County during morning assembly. Primary schools will soon benefit from e-learning in the rural villages.. Picture: Robert NyagahAs the Government prepares to roll out its ambitious laptops for Standard One pupils next year, non-governmental organisations have already started investing a similar initiative in local schools.

The initiative seeks to make learning easier for pupils to enable them adapt to new methods of learning.

 Smiling timidly as she flaunts a computer certificate in her hands, Fatima Ali Abdi symbolizes a woman’s spirit that would never die even in the most difficult circumstances.
Fatima Ali Abdi
Fatima Ali Abdi is one of the few girls who are excelling against odds in a harsh environment where social amenities have collapsed
The introduction of free primary education (FPE) in 2002 opened doors for millions of Kenyan children who would otherwise be out of school, but it may fail to address the special needs of orphaned and vulnerable children.
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Where the dead teach the living

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Dead bodies may sound useless and a creepy sight to many people, who only hope to meet with their spirits when they too die.

But at the schools of medicines, the death are taking up another valuable function of teaching and helping the living to understand more about themselves and their environment.

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