LOW-COST BOARDING PRIMARY SCHOOLS (LCBS)
The Government of Kenya, as outlined in sessional paper No. 1 of 2005, initiated Low-Cost Boarding Schools (LCBS) in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) regions. This strategic move aimed to alleviate the hardships faced by children in these areas, including the burden of long distances to school, challenging terrains, limited schools, and scattered populations. LCBS was established to counteract issues such as food scarcity, insecurity, the emotional toll of cultural practices, the initiation of girls, and the prevalence of early marriages.
In Kenya, low-cost boarding schools emerge as a pivotal solution to address the unique educational challenges encountered by children in marginalized regions, especially those hailing from pastoralist communities. Here’s a closer look at the transformative impact we bring:
Addressing Fundamental Needs:
LCBS, provides a conducive learning environment that begins with meeting basic needs. Hunger should never be a barrier to education. It provides a nurturing space where learners’ basic needs are met, ensuring that no child misses out on the opportunity to attend school due to lack of food.
A Refuge from Adversities:
In areas where the home environment poses challenges to progressive growth, LCBS becomes a refuge. Issues like insecurity, early marriages, female genital mutilation (FGM) for girls, raiding for boys, and food insecurity are addressed within the safe and stable confines of our schools. LCBS provides a secure space for learning and personal development.
Breaking Financial Barriers:
The establishment of low-cost boarding schools in marginalized areas is a significant stride towards breaking down financial barriers to education. LCBS ensures that quality education is not a luxury but a fundamental right, creating equal opportunities for all children to thrive academically and socially.
Stability Amidst Hardships:
In times of drought and other hardships that force communities to move in search of resources, LCBS stands as a stable educational center amidst the challenges of a nomadic lifestyle. We believe that education should be a constant, providing stability and continuity even in the face of adversity.
Fostering a Flourishing Environment:
In essence, LCBS contributes to the overall well-being and prospects of children in marginalized areas. We create an environment where education can flourish, empowering young minds to overcome adversities and pursue their dreams with determination.
Learn more in this transformative journey of the Low-Cost Boarding School Program, where education becomes a catalyst for change and a pathway to a brighter future for every child.