Success for Lewa Education Programme

Even more Lewa Education Programme (LEP) supported students will be going to university than ever before!

Every year, the Lewa Education Programme enrols high-performing students from neighbouring primary schools and supports them throughout their secondary education via sponsorship and mentorship. Over the past 5 years, the number of students attaining the university pass-mark has been increasing with each graduating class, from 13% in 2018, 21% in 2019, and 48% for the class of 2020.

This is a remarkable achievement, especially for a class affected by a 9-month break from school due to Covid-19 restrictions. Head of the LEP, Purity Kinoti, attributes this class’ good performance to in-depth interpersonal engagements and where necessary, interventions.

“This (2020 class) was the first group of students for whom we initiated a one-on-one mentorship process with key Lewa staff”. Purity notes, “These interventions went beyond influencing academic performance, extending to building holistic connections aimed at psycho-social support in an otherwise difficult year in the communities and families. We also visited students at home when schools were closed, which demonstrated our deep investment in their success”. 

The LEP is currently supporting 385 students through secondary & higher education.

That’s a magnificent success and Better Safaris sends our gratitude and praise to all the team at Lewa for their continued efforts for younger generations.

About Lewa Education Programme

It has been well documented that education is the most powerful weapon one can use to survive in the current millennium. For today’s generation, knowledge and communication skills are an absolute necessity.

For Kenya, the country’s’ one its ultimate successes will lie in its ability to give equal access to all candidates and provide qualified skills into the labour market that will enhance the drive to achieving both global and national development goals.

A big hindrance to achieving this though lies in is the acute poverty level in the some of the rural areas of Kenya. As Kenya continues to improve an underfunded school system with school reforms that promise institutional changes in structure and curriculum design, it is recognised that challenges remain. Although primary and high school fees have been abolished by the government, cost for indirect fees such as xx place additional burden on the most vulnerable families and this leads to a steady increase in the number of dropouts.

A 2010 report by UNESCO showed that in Kenya, 1 million children and youth remain out of school, and over 7.8 million youth and adults find it difficult to read and write. Schools continue to lack teachers, adequate infrastructure, textbooks, and other learning resources. Many schools in the area in the remote areas of Kenya continue to lack adequate infrastructure, teachers, textbooks and other learning resources. To combat this and to support the national and county governments’ development goals,

Lewa has implemented different initiatives to bridge the gaps in the provision of quality education in the region. Lewa continues to support the following programs:

  • School progammes
  • Conservation education
  • Bursaries

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Visit Lewa

The Lewa/Borana landscape offers guests the trip of a lifetime with its unforgettable combination of scenery, superb game viewing, excellent hospitality and conservation education.

Lewa has one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya including 12% of the country’s black and white rhinos, and the world’s single largest population of Grevy’s zebra. The Conservancy is also home to herds of elephants and buffalo, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, more than 400 species of birds and if lucky, a pack of wild dogs!

By visiting the Lewa/Borana landscape, you will not only be signing up for a great African adventure, you will also directly contribute towards wildlife conservation and community development. Funds from tourism raise a third of Lewa’s annual revenue.

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