Where we work
LIBA's current work is based in Kilifi County in Kenya, one of the most poorly performing counties in Kenya (out of the 47 counties) with 64% of the people living in hard core poverty. In last year’s final examination, Kilifi was ranked position 44 out of 47.
In our recent visit to our project school, children in the upper class gave reasons for their poor performance.
• Misunderstanding of the questions because we do not understand English
• We do not speak English in school so we lack practice
• Children make a lot of noise in class when the teacher is absent
• There is a lot of absenteeism in class because children attend night entrainment joints/discos
• The children are not able to deal with adolescence because of lack of information and lack of preparation or adulthood
• Family problems – lack of food, lack a good place to sleep, parents seem not bothered at home, parents tale a lot of local brew (coconut palm wine), single parents headed households, low literacy levels at home so parents do not value education, children are in self care
• Lack of discipline at home and in school
• Children lack concentration in class
The poor performance in Kilifi County has been consistent since 2011 and our LEC and WISH projects are addressing the gaps. By 2016, LIBA hopes to expand it work to Kajiado and Narok Counties in Kenya, where many children, particularly girls, are not going to school and are not completing school.