NON FORMAL EDUCATION FOR OUT OF SCHOOL YOUTH
According to attachment theory, young children need to form a strong attachment to at least one primary caregiver who can provide the unconditional love and support that allows them to form develop necessary relationship skills as they grow older. Researchers have long recognized that both parents play a critical role in helping children develop healthy relationships.
For 19-year-old Samwel Mariita Nyaboga from Moticho ward, South Mugirango sub-county Kisii county this relationship was cut short and was brought up by a single mother after his father passed on.
His father’s demise caused him and the younger brother numerous challenges forcing them to drop out of school. The household was referred by the department of Children services and through household vulnerability Prioritization tool. The household was eligible and was enrolled into OVC programs by Lifeskills Promoters. The wellbeing assessment tool was administered to the household and the household strength, needs and gap were identified. As a result, a household case plan was developed indicating the household member’s goals in relation to the programs goal, through the case plan developed. The caregiver was also linked to the social safety net program, SILC groups and Samwel Mariita Nyaboga needed to be enrolled into an apprentice course hence through the project he was enrolled into youth out of school program and this created an opportunity to acquire new business skills.
They received life skills and core business skills training. This in return provided them with an education and better opportunities to find a job. He was linked to an artisan where he received carpentry training and after which was supported with start-up kit (plane, clump and saw). “I currently offer mobile carpentry services and through it I have been able to put up a house and also make chairs for both my mother and my brother. I now earn Kshs. 10,000 and I am able to support my brother to go to school.”