“In fact, know-why is often more important than know-how as it allows you to be creative—to fall back on principles—to re-invent your know-how.”
– David Gurteen
Knowledge gives an individual the ability to make good use of information on hand, enabling you to disseminate it accurately and use it wisely. Knowledge also adds an advantage to your abilities, allowing you to both create and innovate. For example, if you wanted to make a cake but were missing an ingredient, you would be able to use a substitute ingredient if you knew why that ingredient was being used in first place.
Education is essential for the development of the individual, what we find is that by offering primary education to children, a lot of benefits are seen throughout the community, often for years following the schooling itself. In fact, it seems that almost every aspect of one’s life, particularly as it relates to socioeconomic rights, is in some way or another connected to the right to education. Basic education is intended to meet basic learning needs which provides the foundation on which further learning is based, it is made up of kindergarten, elementary and secondary school.
We support the Korando Education Center to provide free primary school education to over 300 children who would not have gotten quality education. The center also provides a safe place to over 70 children who are able to get decent meals and access proper medical care.
Our partnership also extends to Dewo Ngima Community based organization, it is based in a slum on the outskirts of Kisumu town. We work with them to promote literacy among children from the 3 slums in Kisumu County who are unable to go to school for various reasons, we teach them how to read and provide the children with a safe place to play and express themselves as children. From our work in the slums, we try and identify children who can go back to school and help them enroll back to school. Currently Better Me supports 8 children through Dewo Ngima to access primary school education in a nearby school.
- Basic Education (high school)
Secondary school education provides the learners with opportunities to: acquire necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for the development of the self and the nation. promote love for and loyalty to the nation. promoter harmonious co-existence among the peoples of Kenya. It is a very important stage in the life of a young person in Kenya.
Children often miss the opportunity to transition to high school once they have completed their 8 years in primary school. Better Me has helped bridge this gap by providing a bursary to these students to complete their high school education. In our bursary program we currently have 115 students.
- Building and Retaining Collective Knowledge:
The collective knowledge of a community can be huge; however, it has limited value unless the knowledge is shared. It’s always encouraging when an individual overcomes a challenge. However, if members of the same group/community are going through the same challenge and the knowledge isn’t shared, the success is limited.
At Better Me we are focused on developing all round humans by designing camps that that allow every child to get the opportunity to learn beyond studies. These camps have activities that are intended to bring social & intellectual skills, moral, cultural & ethical values, personality development, and character advancement in participants. It includes sports, social occasions, science lab activities, classroom (study hall) activities, creative arts, meditation, and so on.
There camps are usually held by Better Me Team or individuals who share our vision of fostering self-expression, curiosity, creativity and innovative thinking. Over the last few years, we have held mind set camps with goal of setting in motion a process of increased awareness, skill development, and positive approach towards life.
These camps help the children to break away from their usual school environments so that for a few days, we create spaces for them to explore, to be seen, to be heard. To listen, to ask questions and letting them explore outside of the box. Color outside the lines and see what they come up with. Every child has something special they bring to the world. This gives them an opportunity to discover that for themselves or see it as they interact with their peers and facilitators.