Short Documentary of our Education Project
ALOT CHANGE PROJECT
ADVANCING LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR TRANSFORMATION CHANGE PROJECT
U-Tena youth organization in partnership with African population and health research centre has been implementing the A LOT project from 2016 to date. The project seeks to promote access to quality secondary education among boys and girls who live in urban informal settlements specifically Viwandani and Korogocho through improving learning outcomes and transition to secondary school for the adolescents. The project started in 2016 with interest in 600 boys and girls who were in class 6 then and are currently in class 8. The intervention involves mentoring boys and girls on life skills, leadership skills, numeracy and literacy. The project also sought to establish the differential effect of the proposed intervention on learning outcomes and transition to secondary school among boys and girls in Viwandani and Korogocho. In this objective, the examination of mentoring in life skills is detected to see the different impacts it could have on behavior change, aspirations, interest in schooling and self-confidence among boys and girls.
On leadership, the A-LOT Change project also establishes the impact of leadership skills training on various outcomes like learning outcomes and taking up leadership roles among these boys and girls we also conduct motivational talks and exposure visits aimed at inspiring the learners to focus on their goals and aim higher. Other than the in-class setting of the participants, they also get to be taken through Motivational talks, which are a component of Leadership, from the most inspiring people from the community who have made it. This is usually done four times a year and the participants get to be encouraged and learn about more careers that they can venture into. These speakers are meant to give the participants hope and encourage them to work hard. The best take home message from all the speakers was that their situation is not final and that it takes self-motivation to be able to be able change that by working hard in school. In addition, the participants also got a chance to participate in exposure visits in the three years that they have been in the project. They have visited the Kenyatta University (Main Campus), The Kenya Airports Authority and The Strathmore University, all whose aim was to expose the participants into different career fields so that they grow up knowing that there are so many fields that they can venture into.
The project also has a parental counseling aspect where parents of the learners are involved in conversations regarding supporting their children’s education, effective parenting, and communication among others. Once the learners sit for their national exam, a subsidy of 100 dollars will be extended to all learners who have successfully been in the project for the three years and who score 250 marks and above. The A-Lot Change project has ensured that it works with the most qualified mentors who took the challenge of undertaking peer-to-peer encouragement and discussion on key issues affecting the boys and girls in Viwandani. At least 20 mentors were interviewed and thoroughly trained on the methods of delivery in the subjects of Numeracy, Literacy, Life skills and Leadership. This was often boosted by yearly Refresher trainings that were meant to sharpen the method of training and help the mentors know how to tackle the challenges that they face when interacting with the boys and girls.
Below are some of the testimonies of the 2016-2018 Beneficiaries