Drought Affecting CBC in Kilifi
While a 49-person working group talks about how to restructure the education sector with the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) as its first goal, teachers and students in remote areas that have been hit hard by drought find it hard to keep up with the new tasks in the curriculum.
But the assignments are just the tip of the iceberg. Because there aren’t enough classrooms, some teachers and students find it hard to teach and learn.
Hassan is a teacher at Kavunzoni Primary School in Kilifi County, where, because of a lack of classrooms, students in Grades 1 and 2 share a classroom.
Hassan says it can be chaotic and hard to get and keep the students’ attention.
One-on-one interaction between a teacher and a student is impossible, even though students are aware of an illusory barrier.
Some students are left behind during these lessons, which is a shame because schools used to be like this over thirty years ago.
Hassan states that a teacher may not be able to teach all subjects in a single day if the chalkboard is shared, causing slower students to fall behind.
The classroom difficulty is just one of many. This school is located in Ganze, one of the areas of Kilifi County severely afflicted by drought.
For example, tree-planting teachings are helpful, but when the seedlings die, harsh reality sets in.
The school has seven teachers servicing 316 students. Parents have lost their means of subsistence, and their children have dropped out of school and engaged in temporary labor to help generate cash through charcoal burning and boda-boda operations.
As a new Cabinet Secretary awaits approval to assume the education portfolio, teachers and students from Ganze hope that the 42-member working group’s suggestions will consider their difficult reality.
President William Ruto stated last week during Mashujaa Day festivities that the government is concerned about climate change and its impact on Kenya, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions.
Friday, the government began distributing food in the impacted areas, including Tana River County.
Gideon Oyagi, county commissioner (CC) for Kwale County , states that the government will increase food assistance for drought sufferers in the region.
At least 200,000 people in the sub-counties of Kinango, Samburu, and Lungalunga, according to Oyagi, are threatened by the current terrible drought and require immediate food and water aid.
Oyagi says at least 200,000 people spread in Kinango, Samburu and Lungalunga sub counties are threatened by the current devastating drought and requires emergency food and water assistance.
He asserts that the government will do everything in its ability to aid those hardest hit by the severe drought.
The administrator reports that the county got 1,000 sacks of maize, rice, and beans from the federal government last week, which are currently being delivered to the most vulnerable families in drought-affected regions.
To guarantee that the prolonged drought does not drive kids to cease attending lessons, the CC has announced the beginning of a school food program in day schools.
“Providing food to day schools in the worst affected areas will help preserve the students’ right to education,” he said, adding that the provision of relief food to schools would continue until the situation normalised.
Oyagi states that food distribution committees have been activated in the sub-counties and wards, under the direction of Deputy County Commissioners and Sub-County administrators, to guarantee that only those who are eligible for food assistance receive it.
The government, according to Oyagi, is collaborating closely with foreign partners to enhance humanitarian measures to avoid the drought from escalating into famine.
In response to a plea by the National Government and the County Government of Kwale to assist vulnerable communities impacted by the drought, the mining company Base Titanium of Kwale has contributed Sh6 million worth of food to affected families.
The donation is part of the Pamoja Tuungane Initiative, a Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)-led effort to mobilize the private sector and other partners to address the drought situation that has afflicted the majority of Arid and Semiarid Counties.
Simon Wall, General Manager of External Affairs for Base Titanium, joined Kwale County Governor Fatuma Achani in distributing food packages, including maize flour, rice, beans, cooking oil, sugar, and salt, to vulnerable families in Makamini, Kinango Sub-County, which has been severely affected by the hunger crisis.
Wall stated that over the long term, Base Titanium will collaborate with the Kwale County Government to identify how best to promote the development of vital water facilities that will benefit the local communities.
Governor Achani commended the organization for being not just a partner, but also a crucial stakeholder that has helped the devolved unit and the people of Kwale whenever necessary.
While addressing residents during the distribution process, Achani urged more well-wishers to join the effort and assist the starving locals.
She stated that her administration is seeking long-term measures to make the region more productive in order to decrease the burden of the persistent drought.