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USING VIDEOCONFERENCING TO TEACH ENGLISH TO RURAL SRI LANKAN STUDENTS

FCE WILL BE TEACHING ENGLISH USING THE WEBEX VIDEO CONFERENCING TECHNOLOGY TO THE IDENTIFIED BENEFICIARIES IN SRI LANKA

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 

THE PROPOSED PROJECT IS AN EXTENSION TO THE CURRENT RUNNING LANGUAGE PROJECT WWW.TWOLANGUAGES.ORG OF THE FOUNDATION FOR CO-EXISTENCE (FCE). HAVING IDENTIFIED THE DISCOMFORTS, THE NEEDS OF THE YOUTH IN THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY AMONG THE RURAL SECTORS, FCE HAS COME UP WITH AN IDEA TO USE UNCONVENTIONAL METHODOLOGIES IN TEACHING ENGLISH THAT WILL AID IN THEIR CHOSEN CAREERS. WEBEX TECHNOLOGY WILL BE USED IN PROVIDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION TO THE IDENTIFIED BENEFICIARY SECTORS. THE INITIAL PHASE OF THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FULLY FLEDGED, LOW COST MOBILE CENTER THAT CAN TRAVEL TO THE RURAL AREAS OF THE ISLAND. THIS MOBILE CENTER WILL INTRODUCE THE E-LEARNING THROUGH WEBEX APPLICATIONS TO THE BENEFICIARIES AND THE INSTITUTIONS FROM SELECTED GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS. FCE WILL ALSO ENGAGE IN BUILDING CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING STRUCTURES THAT CAN SUSTAIN THE PENETRATION OF TECHNOLOGY AND LANGUAGE. UTILIZATION OF COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS INTERNET WILL EXPAND THE ACCESS TO INFORMATION OF THESE BENEFICIARIES AND THE NETWORKS CREATED AMONG THE DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES WILL ULTIMATELY CONTRIBUTE IN BUILDING STRONGER IMPROVISING COMMUNITIES

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
Sri Lanka
Città: 
COLOMBO/WESTERN PROVINCE
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
THE FOUNDATION FOR CO-EXISTENCE
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Altro
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
MR.DAMINDRA DE SILVA – SENIOR MANAGER IT
E-Mail: 
damindrad@fcoex.com
6. Website
Il sito web del progetto: 
http://_www.fce.lk
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 29 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
NOT in Creativity and Social Innovation
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
01/01/2006
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

LANGUAGE RIGHTS ARE AN IMPORTANT ISSUE IN MOST OF THE MULTI-ETHNIC SOCIETIES IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD. STATES ENCOUNTER NUMEROUS PROBLEMS IN IDENTIFYING APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE POLICIES TO RECOGNIZE AND ACCOMMODATE LANGUAGE DIVERSITY. SOME COUNTRIES ARE SUCCESSFULLY PROMOTING EXPLICIT POLICY OF LANGUAGE ASSIMILATION. OTHERS HAVE OPTED FOR LANGUAGE PLURALISM. IN SRI LANKA, THE LANGUAGE ISSUE BECAME AN ISSUE OF PUBLIC DIALOGUE SINCE EARLY 1930S. THOUGH THE HISTORICAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF SRI LANKA GAVE ACCESS TO ENGLISH LANGUAGE, WITH CHANGING TIMES AND CHANGE IN POLITICAL ENVIRONMENTS, DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN THESE AREAS WERE NOT PRIORITIZED. WITH THE GLOBALIZATION THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE PLURALISM HAS PEAKED IN THE COMMERCIAL WORLD THUS MANY CAREER DEVELOPMENT RELY ON THE LANGUAGE ABILITIES OF THE INDIVIDUALS. SINCE THE COUNTRY IS MAKING INITIATIVES TO TRANSFORM ITS DIVIDED PAST INTO A SHARED FUTURE, THE ISSUE OF PROMOTING LANGUAGE PLURALISM REMAIN AS A DECISIVE FACTOR IN THE PROCESS OF BUILDING PEACE AND RECONCILIATION. GENERALLY AN INDIVIDUAL’S STANDARD OF ENGLISH DEPENDS ON THE SHARED EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES AND INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, YET THE METHODOLOGIES THAT USE TO EDUCATE A PERSON PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE.
THE FOUNDATION FOR COEXISTENCE HAS REALIZED THE NEED FOR A SPEEDY AND PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LANGUAGE POLICY TO ADVANCE THE PROCESS TOWARDS THE CREATION OF LANGUAGE PLURALISM IN SRI LANKA. IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVES, FCE WAS ABLE TO COMMENCE AN ACTION PROGRAMME AS THE INITIAL PHASE WITH THE ACTIVITIES OF (I) LANGUAGE AUDIT TO ASSESS THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICIAL LANGUAGE POLICY; (II) MOBILIZING A POWERFUL CONCERN CITIZENS GROUP WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF EMINENT PERSONS WITH DIVERSE IDENTITIES TO CONDUCT ADVOCACY ACTIVITIES TO INFLUENCE POLICY MAKERS AND IMPLEMENTERS; (III) ESTABLISHING COLLABORATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES AND NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS RESPONSIBLE TO IMPLEMENT; (IV) MOBILIZING CIVIL SOCIETY NETWORKS TO CONDUCT PROMOTIONAL AND ADVOCACY ACTIVITIES AND TO GENERATE PUBLIC AWARENESS IN ORDER FOR CITIZENS TO DEMAND AND CLAIM THEIR LANGUAGE RIGHTS AND (V) CREATING NECESSARY ENVIRONMENT FOR A BROAD BASED PROMOTIONAL AND ADVOCACY INITIATIVES AT THE POLICY AND IMPLEMENTATION LEVELS. THE PROMOTIONAL AND ADVOCACY ACTIVITIES OF FCE FOCUSED ON THE FOLLOWING FOUR AREAS:

(I) LANGUAGE OF GOVERNANCE;
(II) LANGUAGE OF JUDICIARY (IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE);
(III) LANGUAGE OF ADMINISTRATION; AND
(IV) THE LANGUAGE LEARNING IN THE SCHOOLS.

LEARNING FROM THE SHORT PERIOD OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTED, FCE HAS CREATED A BROAD BASED STRATEGY AND ACTIVITIES INVOLVING ALL STAKEHOLDERS IN A COLLABORATIVE AND INTERACTIVE MANNER TO PROMOTE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OLP AND THE LANGUAGE PLURALISM.
THE CURRENT ACTIVITIES AIMS TO ACHIEVE THE EQUALITY OF STATUS FOR THE BOTH NATIONAL LANGUAGES (SINHALA AND TAMIL) AND TRI LINGUAL LANGUAGE PLURALISM IN THE COUNTRY THROUGH LANGUAGE LEARNING, RESTORING THE RESPECT FOR LANGUAGE RIGHTS OF MINORITIES.
THE PROPOSED INITIATIVE WILL BE A STRATEGIC EXTENSION TO THE CURRENT PROJECT WITH THE ADAPTATION OF TECHNOLOGY TO TEACH ENGLISH FOR YOUTH FROM THE MOST REMOTE AND RURAL SECTORS AS WELL AS THE RESETTLED VILLAGES IN THE NORTHERN PARTS OF SRI LANKA.
DESPITE THE FREE EDUCATION AND THE HIGHER LITERACY LEVELS MANY YOUTH IN SRI LANKA FAIL TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THEIR SECONDARY EDUCATION. RECENT STATISTICS INDICATE THAT MORE THAT 51% OF THE RURAL SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN FAIL THEIR GCE ORDINARY LEVEL (O/L). THIS EXAM COVERS BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE LANGUAGES, MATHEMATICS, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HEALTH EDUCATION. WITH THESE CIRCUMSTANCES MANY DROP OUT OF SCHOOL AND THEN ENCOUNTER ADDITIONAL DIFFICULTIES IN FINDING EMPLOYMENT. FLUENCY IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE HAS BECOME A PREREQUISITE FOR PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IN SRI LANKA AND LACK OF RESOURCES IN THE SCHOOLS TO TEACH ENGLISH HAS DRIVEN MANY YOUTH IN SEEKING ALTERNATIVES. YET THE STANDARD OF THE MANY TUITION CENTERS THAT PROVIDE ENGLISH IN THE RURAL SECTORS IS RELATIVELY LOW.
THE REASONS ARE COMPELLING AND WELL KNOWN POVERTY, SOCIAL EXCLUSION, SOCIO ECONOMIC GAPS, URBAN – RURAL DISPARITIES AS WELL AS LACK OF FLEXIBLE AND EFFECTIVE MECHANISMS OF EDUCATION THAT ATTRACT STUDENTS AND KEEP THEM INTERESTED AND CONNECTED WITH THE SUBJECTS SO THAT THEY SEE CLEAR BENEFITS OF A PROPER EDUCATION.
THEREFORE IT IS EVIDENT THAT THE REQUIREMENT OF STRONG YET FLEXIBLE EDUCATION MECHANISMS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE EDUCATION IN THE RURAL SECTORS AND ESPECIALLY IN THE DISASTER AFFECTED PROVINCES IN SRI LANKA.
WEBEX – A WEB BASED ENVIRONMENT TO SUPPORT ENGLISH LEARNING

WEBEX HTTP://WWW.WEBEX.COM/ INVOLVES A TECHNOLOGY THAT COMBINES THE REAL TIME DESKTOP SHARING WITH WEB OR VIDEO CONFERENCING SO THAT THE RECIPIENTS SEE THE SAME THING WHILE YOU TALK. IT’S FAR MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN EMAILING FILES AND TRYING TO GET EVERYONE ON THE SAME PAGE OVER THE PHONE. THIS ELIMINATES THE NEED OF PEOPLE TO TRAVEL AND MEET ON SITE. THIS APPLICATION PROVIDES AN OVERALL E-LEARNING SUITE. THESE APPLICATIONS ARE COST EFFECTIVE AND HAVE THE ABILITY TO REACH LARGER NO OF BENEFICIARIES IN PROVIDING THE SERVICES
THE MAIN INTENTIONS OF THE PROJECT ARE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION WITH USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING ACHIEVEMENTS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME USING THE TECHNOLOGY TO EXPAND THE ACCESS TO EDUCATION.

THIS WILL ALSO AIM TO ACHIEVE COHERENT AND EFFECTIVE RESPONSE IN A STRATEGIC MANNER ACROSS ALL KEY AREAS OF ACTIVITY AND GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS BY MOBILIZING GROUPS AND ENSURING SUSTAINABILITY VIA EMPOWERING THE REMOTE CENTERS.
THE PROJECT WILL ALSO ENHANCE THE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION INCLUDING THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE SCHOOLS, EXISTING ENGLISH TEACHING PRIVATE CENTERS AS WELL AS RELEVANT GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS.
BUILDING CAPACITY OF THE VILLAGE LEVEL PERSONNEL WILL MAINTAIN THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PROJECT CONCEPTS FACILITATING GREATER CONTRIBUTION IN DEVELOPING THE EDUCATION LEVELS OF THE RURAL CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
USE OF COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS VIDEO CONFERENCING ACROSS THE ISLAND WILL CREATE NETWORKS WITH MANY COMMUNITIES. THEREFORE CLOSE COLLABORATION OF COMMUNITY CLUSTERS OF DIFFERENT ETHNICITIES WILL ULTIMATELY CONTRIBUTE IN DEVELOPING COEXISTENCE AMONG THESE COMMUNITIES.

Come, e con quali mezzi cerca di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati: 

THE KEY INNOVATIVE IDEA OF THE SUGGESTED PROJECT IS TO USE WEBEX THE WEB BASED TOOL AND VIDEO CONFERENCING TO TEACH ENGLISH TO THE REMOTE AND RURAL MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES IN SRI LANKA. BEING ONE OF THE DEVELOPING NATIONS IS SOUTH ASIA; TO THIS DATE NO TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTS TO FACILITATE VIDEO CONFERENCING WITHIN THE COUNTRY AND THE INTERNET PENETRATION IS AS LOW AS 3.7%. IMPLEMENTING STRATEGY: INVOLVES - THE CREATION OF A LOW COST FULLY FLEDGED IT MOBILE CENTER THAT CAN GO TO THE REMOTE AREAS OF THE ISLAND IN ESTABLISHING AND EMPOWERING THE YOUTH COMMUNITIES BY INTRODUCING THE TECHNOLOGY TO YOUTH VIA IDENTIFIED GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTIONS AND EXISTING PRIVATE ENGLISH TEACHING INSTITUTIONS. USING WEBEX, A WEB BASED TOOL ENJOYABLE AND INTERACTIVE LEARNING SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR THE LEARNERS.

Quali opportunità/problemi affronta: 

AS EXPLAINED IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT THERE EXIST VITAL NEED TO PROVIDE A SYSTEM OF QUALITY EDUCATION TO THE UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH IN THE ISLAND. ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS THAT HINDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE SECTORS IS THE LACK OF ACCESS TO THE EDUCATION FACILITATORS AND THE REQUIREMENT OF LARGE AMOUNTS OF CAPITAL IN ESTABLISHING THE NEW FACILITIES. THE FEAR OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND TECHNOLOGY IS ANOTHER CRITICAL CONCERN THAT SUPPRESSES THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUTH. THE LOW LEVELS OF ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE LIMIT THE CAREER DEVELOPMENTS IN THE COMMERCIAL WORLD AND THIS HAVE RESULTED AN APPROXIMATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 6% IN THE COUNTRY. MANY OF THESE CHILDREN AND YOUTH ARE NOT CONFIDENT IN THEMSELVES IN LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE SUCH AS ENGLISH AS THEIR ENVIRONMENT DOES NOT SUPPORT IT. MOREOVER THEY SEE NO CLEAR BENEFIT OF LEARNING IT. ADDITIONALLY MANY STUDENTS WHO GET SELECTED FOR THE LOCAL UNIVERSITIES FALL BEHIND THE OTHERS AND REMAIN UNEMPLOYED DUE TO THE LOW LEVEL OF ENGLISH AND IT KNOWLEDGE. THEREFORE BY PROVIDING ACCESS TO THESE STUDENTS WILL LEAD IN FINDING MORE PRODUCTIVE AND APPROPRIATE EMPLOYMENT IN THE PRIVATE SECTORS.
WITH THIS INTRODUCTION OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN CONNECTION WITH TECHNOLOGY BECOME AN ATTRACTIVE PACKAGE TO THE BENEFICIARIES THAT WILL DEVELOP INTEREST, ENTHUSIASM AND BUILD CONFIDENCE TO APPROACH THE SUBJECTS

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

THE FCE’S CURRENT RUNNING LANGUAGE PROJECT ITSELF IS A VERY UNIQUE APPROACH IN SRI LANKA IN ASSURING AND MAINTAINING THE LANGUAGE RIGHTS OF THE TAMIL COMMUNITY. THE SUGGESTED IDEA OF THE EXTENSION OF THIS PROGRAMME TO TEACH ENGLISH TO UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH USING RECENT TECHNOLOGY IS A NOVEL CONCEPT AS THERE IS NO OTHER PROJECT THAT HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN SRI LANKA USING WEBEX. THE USE OF WEBEX IN AN AREA SUCH AS THIS ITSELF IS UNIQUE TO SRI LANKA AND THE EFFECTIVENESS AND THE FLEXIBILITY THAT WEBEX OFFERS WILL ALLOW THE CAPACITY TO COVER WIDER GEOGRAPHICAL AREA. THOUGH INITIALLY ENGLISH WILL BE USED AS A LINKING LANGUAGE THE SAME METHODOLOGIES WILL BE USED TO TEACH SINHALA TO THE TAMIL COMMUNITY AND TAMIL TO THE SINHALA COMMUNITY IN THE COUNTRY CONTRIBUTING TO THE NATIONAL INTEGRATION.
AS EXPLAINED IN THE BACKGROUND NOTES MANY ISSUES IN SRI LANKA HAS ARISEN DUE TO LACK OF LANGUAGE DIVERSITY. THEREFORE IN EDUCATING THESE YOUTH IN ALL THREE LANGUAGES WILL NOT ONLY BENEFIT THEM IN THEIR CAREER DEVELOPMENTS BUT ALSO SHALL CONTRIBUTE IN NATIONAL INTEGRATION

10. Risultati
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

A LANGUAGE AUDIT WAS CONDUCTED ACROSS 7 STATE INSTITUTIONS TO ACCESS THE CURRENT STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF BILINGUAL LANGUAGE POLICY IN SRI LANKA.
OVER 1000 COPIES OF THE LANGUAGE AUDIT WERE DISSEMINATED TO GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS.
POLICY RESEARCH CONDUCTED AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON FUTURE NEEDS TO ENSURE LANGUAGE PARITY SET OUT AND PRESENTED TO GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY REPRESENTATIVES.
TRAINING OF SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON LANGUAGE RIGHTS
MEDIA CAMPAIGNS TO HIGHLIGHT LANGUAGE RIGHTS.
PROVIDED SUPPORT FOR TRI-LINGUAL NOTICE BOARDS AND DOCUMENTS IN STATE INSTITUTIONS.
FORMATION OF DIVISIONAL SECREATORY LEVEL ADVOCACY GROUPS FOR LANGUAGE RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
PARLIAMENTARY BRIEFINGS CONDUCTED ON THE OBLIGATIONS OF POLICY MAKERS TO PROTECT LANGUAGE RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS.
BI-MONTHY NEWSLETTER
OPINION POLLS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE POLICY IN THE SELECTED DISTRICTS

11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Da 3 a 6 anni
Indicate il costo di massima del vostro progetto (in Euro): 
Da 75.001 a 500.000
Come è finanziato il vostro progetto: 
Finanziamenti pubblici o privati
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
No
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
No
Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti: 
We are not available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
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Nakuru Learning Center Educational Program for Vulnerable Children

Currently LDK supports 324 orphans and other vulnerable children with their basic needs to enable them reach their full potential.

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 

In 1998, Three Kenyans - Philip Ndeta (the brains behind the organization), Obed Tsuma and Benta Atieno founded Learning and Development Kenya (LDK) to work with the local communities to address the problems brought about by government’s introduction of cost sharing in the education and health sectors. While outwardly improving the economy of Kenya, these government measures ultimately led to an increase in child labor, high rates of school dropouts, and increased homelessness in children. As Director of the organization, Mr. Ndeta oversees the day to day running of the organization.

At LDK we believe that education is the great equalizer, and by working to ensure that all Kenyans (especially children), have access to quality educational programs, we believe we can dramatically reduce the inequalities caused by extreme poverty. Through teaching a child to read, helping a youth master a computer so she can get a better job, or educating the community about HIV, LDK is working tirelessly to equip the most vulnerable Kenyans with the tools they need to succeed.

Since 1998 and through its education program, LDK has been able to provide support for high education and specialized training in secretarial courses, computer, teaching (both primary and ECD), IT and even tailoring to over 150 young Kenyans who would otherwise not have had a chance to empower their talents and build their future. Though no follow up has been made to establish their current status, we believe that with the qualifications attained through our support they are now employed in the government or private sector or even self-employed and therefore contributing to nation building.

Currently LDK supports 324 needy children in nursery, primary and secondary schools. It further supports 74 orphans with shelter, food, medical care and other basic needs. The orphans live in the home at the Virginia center in Rhonda slums within Nakuru Municipality.

Programs: Education program; HIV/AIDS program; Environmental and Sanitation program; Peace initiative project; Relief activities; Civic education program.

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
Kenya
Città: 
Nakuru, Rift Valley Province
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
Learning and Development Kenya
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Scuola
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
Philip Ndeta
E-Mail: 
philipndeta@yahoo.com
6. Website
Il sito web del progetto: 
http://www.learninganddevelopmentkenya.org
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 29 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
NOT in Creativity and Social Innovation
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
05/02/2001
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

In 1998, Learning and Development Kenya (LDK) was founded to work with the local communities in addressing the problems brought about by government’s introduction of cost sharing in the education and health sectors. While outwardly improving the economy of Kenya, these government measures ultimately led to an increase in child labor, high rates of school dropouts, and increased homelessness in children.

Come, e con quali mezzi cerca di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati: 

We believe education is the great equalizer, and by working to ensure that all Kenyans (and especially children) have access to quality educational programs, we believe we can dramatically reduce the inequalities caused by extreme poverty.

Quali opportunità/problemi affronta: 

Since 2000 Learning and Development Kenya has been implementing a literacy project, designed to improve on the literacy and reading skills of the orphans and needy children and prepare them for positive and active participation in nation building. LDK provides an enabling learning environment with modern teaching facilities including solid classrooms, highly qualified and caring teaching staff and a modern library with the necessary books to motivate and boost the morale of both the children and teachers at the institution. This has improved the standard of learning, making the project one of the best within the Municipality in terms of provision of quality education.

Meal program: Every day, we provide a warm meal to 324 students in our school, children who would otherwise miss a meal.

Emergency Relief: During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008, LDK hosted nearly 7,000 displaced peoples, coordinating with the Red Cross to ensure steady food supplies.

Athletic Leagues to Drive Community Empathy and Understanding:
Historically, athletic competition has peaceably brought together individuals, factions, and even nations with troubled relations, and we believe that friendly competition and the spirit of teamwork can have a positive impact on the youth of Kenya who have been driven apart by the recent political elections. We have organized soccer games from teams of idle youth who would otherwise be engaged in gang-related activities and violence.

HIV/AIDS Education: In conjunction with the Ark Foundation of Africa, we’ve provided training workshops for locals that aim to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and promotes sustainable behavior change among the youth and residents. The workshops also aim to support scale up activities of CBOs within East Africa, engaging and strengthening the capacity of indigenous organizations so that they can scale up their programs and effectively meet the complex needs of orphans and vulnerable children in their communities.

Environmental Sustainability: It is a priority to LDK to ensure that the people we are helping will have a clean, healthy, safe place to live for many, many years – and environmental sustainability through improved sanitation is a critical component of that effort. LDK mobilizes youth in the community to participate in the environmental activities.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

LDK provides an enabling learning environment with modern teaching facilities including solid classrooms, highly qualified and caring teaching staff and a modern library with the necessary books to motivate and boost the morale of both the children and teachers at the institution. This has improved the standard of learning, making the project one of the best within the Municipality in terms of provision of quality education. We consider this special for our literacy project.

The students in our classrooms are already among the neediest in the region, and by providing a warm meal as part of their education, we are improving their ability to learn while ensuring they are meeting their minimum daily nutritional needs. Our feeding program is of its own kind among the local schools.

Other than the local churches, LDK was the only local NGO in the area that hosted displaced peoples during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008. This was because most of the affected people were from this area, a majority being the poor parents that LDK supports with education of their children. The facilities at its learning center also ensured safety of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as well as our networking skills with both the provincial administration department and the Red Cross.

Being an active participant in community activities, LDK has positioned itself as a collaborating agency with the community in solving their most pressing issues. Due to this position the community has high regard for LDK’s initiatives, providing the much needed support and networking that is required for effective project implementation.

Initially there was stigma related to HIV/AIDS but with continuous awareness activities carried out by LDK staff and their understanding of the local cultures, the community became more cooperative and supportive. Also given the fact that we care for orphans in the community whose parents have died due to HIV/AIDS related dieses gives the community members all the reason to participate and support the imitative. Our unique facilities at the learning center have also made it possible for LDK to host participants for HIV/AIDS training and education.

10. Risultati
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

Since 1998 and through its education program, LDK has been able to provide support for high education and specialized training in secretarial courses, computer, teaching (both primary and ECD), IT and even tailoring to over 150 young Kenyans who would otherwise not have had a chance to empower their talents and build their future. Though no follow up has been made to establish their current status, we believe that with the qualifications attained through our support they are now employed in the government or private sector or even self-employed and therefore contributing to nation building.

Currently LDK supports 324 needy children in nursery, primary and secondary schools. It further supports 74 orphans with shelter, food, medical care and other basic needs. The orphans live in the home at the Virginia center in Rhonda slums within Nakuru Municipality.

During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008, LDK hosted nearly 7,000 displaced peoples, coordinating with the Red Cross to ensure steady food supplies.

Since the Micor credit program was initiated in 2001 it has helped more than 4,500 families to develop sustainable sources of income (through loans of small amounts of seed capital at zero interest to start their own business), directly benefiting more than 36,000 individuals where an average family in these rural and urban poor areas consists of 8 members. These are families who otherwise would never have dreamed that financial independence was a possibility. In addition, we have held monthly workshops for the loan recipients to empower them with business skills. And because of the relationships we have fostered with the families of the many children from the communities enrolled in the schools, LDK is uniquely positioned to identify the most motivated, entrepreneurial individuals as recipients.

In che misura risponde ai bisogni degli utenti: 

Users needs: Education – which we believe eventually contributes to reduction of inequalities caused by extreme poverty. LDK provides quality education and other services to its users, meeting their needs.

Quanti utenti interagiscono con il progetto mensilmente e in quale modo: 

3,000 users. To be precise, 324 children, 22 teaching and subordinate staff, 1,600 familly members (200 families), 10 government, NGO and church officials, at least 500 other community members, and 500 other stakeholders (donors, overseas friends and guests, etc.) interact with our project per month through personal vists to the school (for the children, staff, government visitors, guests, and some parents), postal mail, and email. Some family members are updated by the school going children and therefore considered to be interacting with our project. Our termly newsletter since 2008 is also used as a form of interaction with the community while our website is visited by many people from around the world.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto contribuisce a migliorare l'educazione e la formazione dei giovani: 

The quality and standard of education of our children is high due to the determination of our teaching staff. The number of children per class is also reasonable at 35, enabling the teacher to reach all the children in the class, unlike in public schools where the population exceeds 120 children per class. This teacher-pupil ratio, in addition to available learning aids ensures that quality education is provided to the needy children. The interaction has fostered trust among the users who enjoy using the services, though it has not been able to attract more support in terms of funding, as we earlier anticipated.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto ha ottimizzato la partecipazione di professionisti, ragazzi, giovani o altri soggetti: 

Participation is still less except for a few high schools and local churches that have mobilized their students and members to donate for our activities targeting the orphans and the poor. The youth participate in the activities while other members of the community have been very supportive, inspiring us even more. The government recognizes the role LDK play in the provision of basic needs to the needy and has supported our initiatives like donation of food for the feeding program and a grant for the learning aids.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto favorisce l'uso delle nuove tecnologie da parte di professionisti, ragazzi e giovani per lo sviluppo culturale e didattico: 

The use and promotion of ICT is core to our project and a major component of our activities. The installed cybercafé at our learning center allows not only students but the rest of the community members to use the internet and communicate with people around the world, effectively promoting the use of ICT among the professionals, children and youth.

To market our services: Education, training, HIV/AIDS etc., to a wide audience LDK uses a number of techniques including advertisement in both print and mass media, posters, brochures, our end of the term/year newsletter, and even the internet. We therefore try to reach as many people (professionals, children and youth included) through frequent use of these techniques, again, effectively promoting the use of ICT.

Descrivete i criteri che usate per misurate i risultati raggiunti dal vostro progetto: 

We record the number of users applying for our services. The number has exceedingly increased over the years, indicating strong support of our programs by the users.

Exams done by the children in our school together with other children in other Municipal schools: Comparison done has shown that children in our school have done much better than children in other public schools, confirming the high quality of education that we provide to our children.

We interview the public to find out how they view our services and they positive comments confirm their satisfaction with our services.

The visitors to our website, viewing our programs and interacting with us thereafter now exceeds 4,200 people. This is also used to measure the results of our services.

11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Più di 6 anni
Indicate il costo di massima del vostro progetto (in Euro): 
Da 30.001 a 75.000
Come è finanziato il vostro progetto: 
Vendita di servizi o prodotti
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
No
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
Si
Specifica: 

The Government of Kenya through the district children’s office started a street children rehabilitation center “Ukoa Mtoto” within Nakuru Municipality and sent its engineers in 2007 to our learning center to get a view of the home we put up for the orphans to replicate the same at their planned rehabilitation center.

During our HIV/AIDS workshop held in 2007 for CBO leaders from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, participants from Tanzania were particularly impressed with not only the solid buildings but with the whole set up for a home for orphans who have been empowered and feel very much at home. They lived with the children in the same home during the workshop period and promised to replicate the same in their respective projects. No follow up has been made to confirm if at all replication has been made by any of the participants.

Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 

Quality is everything that others can learn from our project. With quality the users feel assured of the results.

Empowerment approach: We empower the users to feel part of the project, hence project ownership.

Permanent (solid) structures: These ensures that quality is provided to the users, for example the case with IDPs who felt much secure at our center during the post election violence.

Networking: Good and sustainable results are obtained through consistency and networking. LDK has been consistence with its approach to poverty aleviation, establishing and positioning itself as a poverty reduction agency within the community and hence wining the much needed support from all stakeholders – community, government, donors and friends.

Innovation: Unique activities started after careful research for community needs have had profound effect on the lives of our users.

Invovement and participation of the users have garaunteed project sustainnability even during difficult times when funding is so low like now.

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13. Informazioni aggiuntive
Background: 

In 1998, Three Kenyans - Philip Ndeta (the brains behind the organization), Obed Tsuma and Benta Atieno founded Learning and Development Kenya (LDK) to work with the local community to address the problems brought about by government’s introduction of cost sharing in the education and health sectors. While outwardly improving the economy of Kenya, these government measures ultimately led to an increase in child labor, high rates of school dropouts, and increased homelessness in children.

Since 1998 and through its education program, LDK has been able to provide support for high education and specialized training in secretarial courses, computer, teaching (both primary and ECD), IT and even tailoring to over 150 young Kenyans who would otherwise not have had a chance to empower their talents and build their future. Though no follow up has been made to establish their current status, we believe that with the qualifications attained through our support they are now employed in the government or private sector or even self-employed and therefore contributing to nation building.

Currently LDK supports 324 needy children in nursery, primary and secondary schools. It further supports 74 orphans with shelter, food, medical care and other basic needs. The orphans live in the home at the Virginia center in Rhonda slums within Nakuru Municipality.

Vision: To see a free Kenyan Society without inequalities of extreme poverty, destitution, deprivation, or austerity.

Mission: To respond to the needs of the communities and those of their children with a primary objective of improving the quality of life of those in need.

History: Local non-governmental, non-profit, non-sectarian development organization founded in 1998. It acquired special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in 2008.

Programs: Education program
HIV/AIDS program
Environmental and Sanitation program
Peace initiative project
Relief activities
Civic education program

Overview of donors that have contributed to our programs:
Foundations; INGOs; Overseas corporations: The Hilden Charitable Fund – UK
Bertelsmann AG – Germany
The Ark Foundation of Africa – USA
CO-OPERAID – Switzerland
Random House New York – USA (Books)
Crossroads International – Hong Kong (China)
Misereor – Germany
Advantage Africa – UK
MIVA Switzerland (Vehicle)
Government: Kenya Government (Department of provincial administration – food for feeding program).
Kenya Government (Ministry of education – Grant for support of informal education system).

Programs details
Literacy Project
Since 2000 Learning and Development Kenya has been implementing a literacy project, designed to improve on the literacy and reading skills of the orphans and needy children and prepare them for positive and active participation in nation building. LDK provides an enabling learning environment with modern teaching facilities including solid classrooms, highly qualified and caring teaching staff and a modern library with the necessary books to motivate and boost the morale of both the children and teachers at the institution. This has improved the standard of learning, making the project one of the best within the Municipality in terms of provision of quality education.

Meal Program
Every day, we provide a warm meal to 324 students in our school, children who would otherwise miss a meal.

Skills Training Workshops
The skills training program is more connected to the micro credit project. It aims to provide capacity building and therefore strengthen individual business skills of the loan recipients. The program is based on the premise that trade is the most effective way of helping the poor to create sustainable, long-term solutions to the economic problems they face. It has helped beneficiaries to master their trading skills, lowering default rate on repaying the loans.

Microcredit Program
To help families develop sustainable sources of income, we loan small amounts of seed capital at zero interest to families to start their own business—families who otherwise would never have dreamed that financial independence was a possibility.

The micro credit project has been implemented on the believe that the best way to address poverty is to help families and individuals to become financially independent – through free revolving loans, education and training, that will lead them into income generation and employment. And because of the relationships we have fostered with the families of many children from the community enrolled in the school, LDK is uniquely positioned to identify the most motivated, entrepreneurial individuals as recipients. These individuals are often the parents of our students, which allows us to ensure that this support is being targeted at the families most in need and maintain continuous contact.

Emergency Relief
During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008, LDK hosted nearly 7,000 displaced peoples, coordinating with the Red Cross to ensure steady food supplies. Other than the local churches, LDK was the only local NGO that was involved in this exercise because most of the affected people were from this area, a majority being the poor parents that LDK supports with education of their children. The facilities at its learning center also ensured safety of the Internally Displaced Persons as well as our networking skills with both the provincial administration department and the Red Cross.

HIV/AIDS Education
The program aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and promotes sustainable behavior change among the youth and residents.
LDK has also collaborated with the Ark Foundation of Africa to support scale up activities of CBOs within East Africa:

Too many orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in Africa are growing up in situations of scarcity without education, healthcare, strong parental support etc. Similarly, grandmothers who care for the majority of orphans are overwhelmed, doing their job under very difficult, unsupportive circumstances. Grandmothers are simply doing what they know and what they love doing, day after day.

In countries with very weak or practically non-existent social safety nets like Kenya, indigenous NGOs and CBOs are also struggling to survive. Many do not have the resources or enough staff with the right skills and training to enable them to effectively address OVC related challenges.

To address this dilemma, LDK and the Ark Foundation of Africa and its partners organized a 5-day capacity building workshop for leaders of indigenous organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The participatory workshop focused on building culturally sustainable and realistic programs to close the large gap between the need and available services. Learning and Development Kenya acted as the host organization for the workshop.
30 participants were nominated for the workshop from eligible organizations working directly with orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers. Most of the nominated organizations that participated in the workshop are based in the districts of:

Kenya – Nakuru, Mombasa, Nandi and Trans Nzoia
Tanzania – Bagamoyo, Dodoma Rural, and Mbozi, and Zanzibar
Uganda – Gulu, Kitgum, Luwero, and Wakiso

The workshop aimed at engaging and strengthening the capacity of indigenous organizations so that they can scale up their programs and effectively meet the complex needs of orphans and vulnerable children in their communities.

Athletic Leagues to Drive Community Empathy and Understanding
Historically, athletic competition has peaceably brought together individuals, factions, and even nations with troubled relations, and we believe that friendly competition and the spirit of teamwork can have a positive impact on the youth of Kenya who have been driven apart by the recent political elections. We have organized soccer games from teams of idle youth who would otherwise be engaged in gang-related activities and violence.

Environmental Sustainability
It is a priority to LDK to ensure that the people we are helping will have a clean, healthy, safe place to live for many, many years – and environmental sustainability through improved sanitation is a critical component of that effort.

LDK mobilizes youth in the community to participate in the environmental activities. Usually once a year in tree planting exercises when the long rains start in March/April, and once monthly in the clean up exercises. Most of the youth participating in these activities are those being supported but they influence other members in the community in the overall cleaning exercises.

Ostacoli: 

Poverty is at its highet in this urban poor (slum) area. The users come in large numbers but have not been able to contribute substantially to the level that the project can remain sustainable. Our IT training has not quite picked up since a majority of the targeted youth cannot afford to meet our subsidzed tuition.

Funding from potential donors has been less or nil in some situations, leading to difficult implementation of the planned activities. For sustainability purposes we plan to diversify our funding sources and initiate more for-profit activities that will generate more income and cover for any dificit in donor funding.

Marketing of our products – college, Cybercafé, magazine etc. has not been effective due to less funding for marketing activities.

Cultural norms: Particularly stigma when it comes to HIV/AIDS awareness program.

Soluzioni: 

Consistency in provision of services, for example our creation of awareness activities for the HIV/AIDS program has worked positively towards stigma reduction among the target groups.

LDK has started for-profit activities to meet the needs of our charitable initiatives. We have planned to introduce a magazine “The Charity”. The first copy is ready but funds for its production, marketing and distribution is still unavailable.

Sale of T-Shirts planned.

Student’s canteen planned.

Sale of stationery and being agent for Safaricom for M-PESA services also planned.

Cybercafé has been installed.

College planned, awaiting marketing to get the minimum number of students. Facilities and human resources are available and on standby.

Future plans and wish list: 

LDK plans for the future:
LDK hopes to become a vibrant organization adhering to its core values of integrity, honesty, fairness, openness, respect and responsibility in all that we do. It will focus on improving the lives of the poor, especially children, youth and women, and those affected by the HIV pandemic.
In the next two years LDK hopes to enroll more than 1,000 children and youth in its literacy program – from nursery, primary and secondary schools. Its training facility will be training more youth in IT and other specialized courses to enable them gain the required skills for employment. The construction of the stalled primary school will also be LDK’s top priority once more funding is available.
For it to remain sustainable LDK will target to fully operate the student training facility and offer other services associated with it including a student canteen, a cybercafé, and a stationery shop. Other income generating activities like the production and sale of publications e.g. a newsletter/magazine will be LDK priority at this time and when funds become available.
To have more impact within the community it operates and to contribute positively to reduction of poverty, LDK will increase its loan support to the poor members and continue with the workshops to empower the beneficiaries with business skills required to ensure business success.
For the projects to be run professionally and ensure that the stated goals and objectives are met on timely basis, LDK will require to retain and sustain its qualified staff, by paying them salaries and allowances based on the current market rates.
Stalled initiatives: Soccer teams and athletics will be enhanced when LDK access more funding.

When all this is achieved, we believe we shall be taking a holistic approach towards fighting the inequalities caused by extreme poverty within the communities that we work with.

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