Many a times we are faced with tribal clashes, I have always wondered about the plight of children and their education. Even more I have also questioned the plight of people living with disability in these areas. One such area is the Northern part of Kenya in Marsabit County inhabited by indigenous communities of Borana, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Gabra and Burji.
In this area there is an Interiorized culture of revenge, it doesn’t matter who killed who the revenge is just kill anyone from their tribe. And secondly, is that these communities are so strong in their own culture anything else be it school or even government functions is sacrificed at the altar of traditions.
Inequalities facing these communities are grave owing to the long marginalization from mainstream Kenyan economy for quite a long time.
– A total of 68% of Marsabit County residents have no formal education. North Horr constituency has the highest share of residents with no formal education at 84%. (Kenya Integrated Household Survey)
– 26% of children are involved in child labour, with more girls @29% involved. (Sid-Equality in Marsabit county)
– Among women aged 20-49yrs, 42% were reportedly married before 18yrs. (Sid-Equality in Marsabit county)
– FCG/cutting- in Marsabit about 100% women aged 15-49yrs have heard about FGM/C and 91% have undergone some form of the practice. (Marsabit county social analysis 2014)
Grazing field for cattle fodder, cattle rustling, water scarcity and illiteracy level especially to the Morans (youth charged with protecting their community after initiations) are all main causes of tribal clashes within these area.
Education for Life, a member of IDAY KENYA is implementing a project dubbed ‘Drops of Peace’ that seeks to increase children and youth access to education together with enhancing peace through community led water project.
This project has three prongs approach:
1st Prong: shepherd schools – the project has established 5 schools within the areas of Songa in Marsabit. With a total of 270 children and youth who have never attended any school. Shepherd schools acts like a drop in centre, where the learners meet from 8:00pm to 10: pm weekdays. They are introduced to basic literacy and numeracy for one year and then let to join the Government schools. Also included are life skills sessions geared towards of peace promotion.
2nd Prong: Livelihood project- in this approach the community will be involved in tapping water from a pan 17 kms inside Marsabit forest. This tapped water will be used by both the Borana and Samburu communities.
3rd Prong: peace building efforts- in this approach the children from warring community will be involved in peace building activities including sports, music competition.
it is our hope that at the end of this project, 400 children and youth who never attended any school will join primary schools and also important that the peace building activities will enhance learning in peace for all indigenous communities within Marsabit county.