ERIC Number: ED455363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Non-Formal Education in Urban Kenya: Findings of a Study in Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi.
Thompson, Ekundayo J. D.
Nonformal education (NFE) in urban Kenya was examined in a study that focused on Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nairobi. Data were collected from the following sources: a literature review; investigations of 88 nonformal, informal, and community schools and centers in the three cities; and interviews with 14 key persons involved in delivery of NFE. The following were among the key findings: (1) the concept of NFE was not well understood by those who offered it; (2) most schools/centers were temporary and makeshift shelters; (3) low fees were the greatest attraction of NFE schools; (4) most learners were poor, and many were former street children, homeless children, and child labor victims; (5) dropout rates were high, especially for females; (6) curricula were diverse and responded to learners' needs; and (7) NFE schools/centers received different types of support from government and nongovernmental organizations. Ten recommendations for improving delivery of NFE in urban Kenya were presented. (Nineteen tables/figures are included. The following items are appended: data on enrollment in NFE in Nairobi; a list of NFE schools and centers studied; a list of key persons interviewed; and a chronology of research on NFE in Kenya in 1994-2000. The bibliography contains 29 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Community Education, Curriculum, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Developing Nations, Dropouts, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Informal Education, Needs Assessment, Nonformal Education, Nongovernmental Organizations, Policy Formation, Poverty, Program Costs, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Salaries, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis, Urban Areas, Urban Education, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: German Agency for Technical Co-Operation, Nairobi (Kenya).
Identifiers - Location: Kenya