Following the MDG meeting of the year 2000, there has been phenomenal progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. The total enrolment rate in developing countries reached 91% in 2015, and the global number of children out of school has dropped by about 50%. There has also been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls are in school than ever before. These are all remarkable successes.
However, this progress has continued to face immense challenges in developing regions due to high levels of poverty, armed conflicts and other emergencies. It is for this reason that PACEMaker International is committed in improving the quality of education in under-served schools by leveraging the power of volunteering.
We envision a Kenya where access to a high quality education is the norm for all children and where young people are empowered, and then engaged to lead change in their local communities.
To create equitable learning opportunities for students in rural and slum areas of Kenya.
Each year, 400,000 bright, young Kenyans graduate from high school. The majority go on a 9 month gap year before joining public university. PACE unlocks their potential. By effectively engaging these young people, we will unleash 216 million hours of learning support for students in under-resourced schools.
Kenya requires 70,000 more teachers to fully meet the educational needs of its 10 million enrolled students. According to research published by Uwezo Kenya in 2011, each primary school has an average shortage of 4 teachers. The national average student: teacher ratio is 52:1. Schools in rural and slum areas are disproportionately affected by this shortage.