Kanyunga Primary and Secondary Schools

Project LocationKanyunga, Kenya
Project TypeRural schools development

Kanyunga Primary and Secondary Schools

The Lewa Education Programme (LEP) works with eight primary schools and one secondary school in Northern Kenya, all of which are supported due to their proximity to key conservation areas. In conjunction with Tusk, LEP has provided both logistical support and funding to these schools, thereby enhancing the lives of over 10,000 children. Lewa, like Tusk, realises that education is the key to long term change in Africa. In Kenya, the last decade has been characterized by increasing costs of education, reduction in average earnings, and low school expansion rates. These combined factors have resulted in reduced enrolment levels in Kenya’s schools.

The community of Kanyunga, situated on the south west boundary of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, is comprised of diverse ethnicity with Meru, Kikuyu, Samburu, Maasai and Turkana children. The community is poor, with subsistence farming as the main form of employment.

Kanyunga Primary and Secondary Schools

Kanyunga Primary school has an enrolment of 704 children from this region, many of whom walk up to 10km a day to reach the school. In 2007/8, Tusk, through the generosity of Vitol, provided funding to build two classrooms, install a permanent clean water supply, and provide a feeding programme for the children, many of whom come to school on an empty stomach. Now, as a result of these improvements, enrolment at the school has increased dramatically.

The knock-on effect of these improvements is now being felt as primary school graduates seek to continue their education. However, families in this region are unable to afford to send their children to government boarding schools, and so, the community has taken the initiative to develop the Kanyunga Day Secondary School, which was founded by the parents to meet this demand. Having seen the success of Ntugi Secondary School, the first secondary school to fall under Lewa’s education umbrella, Tusk agreed to join LEP and the Kanyunga community to make the school a reality. Such a school will not only provide opportunities for Kanyunga primary pupils but will also become the school of choice for pupils from Lewa and Ethi.

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