ERIC Number: EJ705756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-15
Reference Count: 35
Responding to the Special Needs of Children: Educating HIV/AIDs Orphans in Kenya
Childhood Education, v80 n6 p304 Aug 2004
In America, as elsewhere in the developing world, education is viewed as the most prominent public policy issue, involving an interplay of national budget allocation and foreign assistance. In Kenya, education is considered the pillar of all development activities (Odiwour, 2000). The guiding philosophy for Kenya's education is the belief that every Kenyan, no matter his or her socioeconomic status, has the inalienable right to basic education (National Development Plan, 1997). Consequently, Kenya spends 40 percent of its official budget on education (United Nations Development Program, 2003). The purpose of this article is threefold. First, it will provide a brief overview of facts about the spread of HIV/AIDS. Second, it will characterize HIV/AIDS orphans and discuss indigenous initiatives in Kenya to educate and care for those children. Third, the article will describe the Nyumbani Children's Center, a successful comprehensive model for best practice in responding to the special needs of HIV/AIDS orphans in Kenya.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Educational Needs, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Communicable Diseases, Foster Care, Child Welfare, Access to Education, Health Needs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya