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Introducing the Ongoza Progam: A roundtable discussion on how non-state actors can respond to the shifting educational landscape
Last week, IDP Foundation (IDPF), in collaboration with Dignitas and Premier Credit Limited, formally announced the launch of the Ongoza (meaning ‘lead’ in Kishwalli) program in Kenya.

With an initial commitment of three years, the program is focused on improving quality and learning outcomes in non-formal schools through a combination of financial support, school leadership training, and improving teachers’ ability to deliver Kenya’s Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

There are estimated to be over 2,000 non-formal schools (also known as low-cost or low-fee private schools) across Kenya, which are responsible for educating over 500,000 pupils. However, many of the children attending these schools are from extremely poor backgrounds. Therefore, parents often have to make significant sacrifices to ensure that their children receive a quality education. In addition, while 90% of teachers at public schools in Kenya are certified by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), 90% of their counterparts working in low-cost private schools are not. Finally, school infrastructure remains poor across all school settings.

Through the Ongoza program, IDPF aims to address these barriers to quality education by providing access to both in-service teacher training that is aligned with the Kenyan government and access to finance that can be used to improve school infrastructure. IDPF has successfully applied this approach in Ghana for over 13 years through its flagship Rising Schools Program and is now aiming to replicate this success in Kenya through its partnership with Premier Credit and Dignitas.

The Ongoza program is just one part of what IDPF hopes will be a global shift that helps the affordable non-state sector to become increasingly recognized and supported by governments as well as private finance and allow actors from across the educational landscape to focus on improving educational outcomes and achieving SDG4.

Sep 29, 2022 02:00 PM in London

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