Education in Kiandutu slums is a privilege rather than a human right; this is because of the high poverty level leading to many children dropping out of primary and secondary school mainly due to inability to afford the cost of education as well as poor mentality towards education. Most youths and parents think education can be substituted with getting married or looking for other casual jobs after free primary school. Our education initiative aims at addressing these challenges in three dimensions i.e. mentorship, inspiration and education ambassadors.
Angaza mentorship program provides Angaza youths the opportunity to share the day-to-day life with an individual mentor, from same-gender, who is an adult outside the family. Our definition of a mentor is a grown up friend. A mentor is a person the youth can share daily challenges, happiness and trust with.
The purpose is to build self-confidence, develop a new way of handling daily challenges, empower our youths and make them have positive mentality towards education beyond the primary level.
At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges. Mentorship is important to us because scholarship alone is not a guarantee that the children will be successful. In Kiandutu slums, the youth who make informed decisions make it in life and we want to connect our children and youth to mentors. The youth and children here face lots of challenges every day from peer pressure, sexuality, crime, drug and substance abuse etc. it’s through mentorship and inspiration that they are able to overcome these challenges.
Support with day-to-day living
Mentors help improve a young person’s self-esteem.
Youths who meet regularly with their mentors are less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and less likely to start engaging in crime or drop out of school.
Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend free time.
Mentors teach young people how to relate well to all kinds of people and help them strengthen communication skills.
Mentors help young people set career goals and start taking steps to realize them.
Mentors can use their personal contacts to help young people meet industry professionals, find internships and locate job possibilities.
Mentors introduce young people to professional resources and organizations they may not know.
Mentors can help their mentees learn how to seek and keep jobs.
Inspire people through people.
The objective of Angaza Inspiration program is to inspire and motivate the youth in the slum to make clear visions of their lives other than slum dilemmas they are facing on a day to day basis. Speakers from the same background but of different age, gender, interest and career will make the youth see the possibilities of their visions.
This is done through:
- Inspiration days with the youth.
- Inspiration festivals.
- Inspiration camps.
- Inspiration days with the parents and teachers.
Education ambassador is a youth who successfully went through mentorship and inspiration, changed his or her mentality and succeeded in completing higher education through hard work, determination and self-sponsorship by creating saving plan and making bracelets for sale for funding the school fees.
The role of the ambassador is to promote education in the slum, share best practices he or she used to achieve higher education.