Things are moving: Educational Forum in Pokot
Since September a group of students at Kenyatta University, Nairobi (Kenya) has been engaged with the setup of what will be one of the first chapters of Studies-Without-Borders (SWB) on the African continent. So far the nascent association counts around 50 members and is planning to register at Kenyatta University in January 2012.
Evans, a 3rd year student at Kenyatta, is coordinating the group’s activities. Currently they are planning an Educational Forum at Kolowa, East Pokot. Pokot, situated in Kenya’s Rift Valley province, has been experiencing ongoing conflict between different communities over the last decades. According to the Kenyan Bureau of Statistics (2009), the illiteracy rate in the area lies well over 90%. The idea of the Educational Forum is thus (1) to provide general information on education and (2) to set up mentoring programmes for those going to high school in order to facilitate access to university.