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Educational difficulties

The mother-language of the Maasai-Community is Kimaasai, whereby school education is conducted in Kiswahili and English. The experience has shown that the Maasai-children are stressed during their first year in primary school because every lesson and every topic is taught in Swahili-language.

As a consequence many of the children have immense difficulties in following the lessons in primary school. Therefore they get demoralized and it happens often that they run away from school or result to poor attendance and performance. There are of course those who struggle hard to learn the Swahili-language and are able to follow properly the lessons in class. Many of these kids could do much better if they could get an opportunity of Pre-Primary-School-education, particularly in Swahili-language.

It is also important to mention that formal education in the Maasai-Community is not yet popular as a necessity of life. The actual statistics show that about 90% of the people are illiterate.

In the past, the Maasai did not face many difficulties by lack of formal education because they concentrated on pastoral land-use. Since about twenty years ago much of the community grazing land has been utilized for other purposes of national interest. As the people became aware of their situation of loosing much of their grazing land they considered other possible alternatives. They realized that these alternatives, like seeking employment or trading, needed some kind of formal education.

Education for the pastoralist community 

Afya Bora on realizing the problem linked to the nomadic lifestyle of the Maasai community, decided to establish mobile Pre-School classes, which normally move with the pastoralist community. Therefore the main intention of this project of Pre-Primary-Schools in this community is to fill the gap of the missing language knowledge and a modern education orientation.

However, many of these people are lacking the necessary routine of sending their children to attend the daily classes in primary schools. The Pre-Primary-School-education is therefore a good start to sensitize the parents and their children for this purpose.

After establishing the Pre-Primary School system and the parents getting used to the procedure of sending their children to school every day, it is interesting to discover, that they are now starting to send their children also for primary education on their own will.

(Read more about the Mobile Pre-Schools...)