I was delighted to represent Oliver and Learn at the Head Teachers meeting in February 2019 to launch the education program to our local schools.

The education support program operating in the Kianjai area of Tigania West was established in 2012, with Oliver supporting the program in full from 2015. The program focuses on supporting children through secondary school who otherwise would have dropped out due to lack of fees. The program was designed to focus on secondary education as many other agencies are working in the primary sector.

 

With many youngsters in the rural communities living with only one parent or a guardian, the social structures for supporting the young adolescent are weak. Many youngsters who leave education after primary school become victims of abuse as they do not have the maturity or understanding to protect themselves. In areas of low secondary enrolment the incidence of HIV has also been shown to be higher amongst younger people, supporting the view that young adolescents need to be given time to mature within an education framework, not only for the schooling it gives, but to prepare them to enter a culture that has very limited built in support structures.

Practically, in our work on the ground in the Kianjai community we have found that those parents who attained a secondary education, are most likely educate their children, they are also the parents who understand the value of opportunities such as the table banking programs, and the community workshops we offer.

 

Even though many of our secondary school graduates will not attain ‘success’ as we would measure it here in the West, they do become informed leaders within their own community, passing on their own awareness of education to their children, and encouraging the next generation to go further.

Practically, in our work on the ground in the Kianjai community we have found that those parents who attained a secondary education, are most likely educate their children, they are also the parents who understand the value of opportunities such as the table banking programs, and the community workshops we offer.

 

Even though many of our secondary school graduates will not attain ‘success’ as we would measure it here in the West, they do become informed leaders within their own community, passing on their own awareness of education to their children, and encouraging the next generation to go further.