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A local Community based organization yesterday held a career exhibition in Kwale County to sensitize secondary school students on career choice. Kwale Welfare and Education Association (KWEA) convened the one-stop educational event at Matuga Girls’ High School where more than 200 students from fifteen secondary schools sampled from Lunga-Lunga, Msambweni, Matuga and Kinango sub-counties converged.

Representatives of about twenty public and private sectors, public universities as well as tertiary institutions delivered motivational talks and carefully led the students in the process of choosing relevant careers.

2nd career exhibition in Kwale County - Maisha is leading the way

2nd career exhibition in Kwale – Maisha is leading the way

The event was the second one of its kind since KWEA launched the exercise at Kwale High School last year. Career exhibitions are increasingly becoming necessary to build the capacity of students to enable them pick suitable careers while joining universities and other institutions of higher learning.

The KWEA exercise comes at a time when employers are questioning the preparedness of university graduates to competently operate in the job market. A recent study conducted by the Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) reveals that only half of the more than 50,000 students who graduate annually are suitable for employment. “And of these graduates, more than half are not suited to their career choice,” notes the report.

The challenge is attributed to the proliferation of satellite campuses, understaffing of public universities and the thirst and haste by Kenyan form four leavers to obtain impressive academic papers to secure jobs at the expense of seeking relevant career advice.

Local education stakeholders have in the past decried the underinvestment in research facilities in the local institutions as another disease ailing education. Indeed, efforts to remedy challenges that have culminated in poor academic results have partly been blamed on inadequate research or lack of it, to ascertain the causes of perennial poor performance.

‘There’s a great need to invest in research if we expect to address causes of poor academic performance in our schools,” said Taita Taveta University College Principal Prof. Hamadi Boga in a recent education stakeholders meeting in Kwale.

But KWEA, a group mainly comprising young professionals from Kwale have developed a holistic initiative to address the ailing education sector in Kwale. The career exhibition is one of the numerous programmes the group is currently undertaking to boost the dwindling academic standards in Kwale based primary and secondary schools.

KWEA - 2nd Career Exhibition 2According to KWEA chairperson Ramadhan Masudi Bungale, the organization is currently working on a series of programmes with all primary and secondary schools in the four sub-counties. “Each KWEA member has been assigned at least two schools to mentor,” says Bungale.

Among the organization’s on-going programs include Visodo Project-distribution of sanitary towels in schools as a way of keeping the girl child in school. The programme has increasingly grown popular in the past couple of years so much, so that it has attracted the attention of Build Africa-a UK based NGO which is currently partnering with KWEA to expand the project in more schools to benefit the girl child in Kwale.

Another of KWEAs principle programmes is the annual charity walk which was launched last year to raise funds for returning desperate girls to school. The walk raised more than Ksh. 300,000 which has since benefitted more than forty girls in Kwale. The annual programme is set to take place on the first Saturday of December every year.

Other on-going projects include mentorship and motivational talks in schools. Bungale also disclosed that KWEA is developing a program document on mentorship and employability for Kwale schools.

KWEA - 2nd Career Exhibition 4The occasion was officially opened by Kwale Governor, Salim Mvurya. The County government of Kwale has been one of KWEAs closest partners in its advocacy in education for all. During the function, the Governor pledged to assign one vehicle every weekend to KWEA members to use in their programmes.

The Governor reiterated his call for the return of the management of primary and secondary schools to the county governments. The drafters of the constitution, he noted, did not think wisely when they placed the management of education in the purview of the national government.

“How does someone sitting in Jogoo House understand what’s happening in our schools,” posed the Governor. He commended KWEA members for their unrelenting efforts to empower students and informed the gathering that his government will in the next financial year, double bursaries from Ksh. 5 Million to 10 Million per ward.

The County Executive Committee member for Education Mr. Mangale Ndegwa, said his department will continue working closely with KWEA to uplift education standards in Kwale. He informed the meeting that his ministry had established a program dubbed Elimu ni Sasa Initiative which has implemented the provision of bursaries and scholarships for several students in Kwale.

Also present was the Country Director of Education who is also KWEA patron Mr. Juma Mwatenga, the CEC for Lands, Mining and Natural Resources Mr. Ali Mwafimbo and his Community Development counterpart Patrick Mtsami. Others included the CEC Trade, Industry and Investments Ms Safina Tsungu and a host of senior government officials.

Professors Hamadi Boga and Halimu Shauri represented Taita Taveta and Pwani Universities respectively. Other institutions represented included, Barclays Bank, KCB, Kenya Maritime Authority, Moi University, MKU, UoN, MTTC –Msambweni and Kwale among others. Several secondary schools and NGOs were also represented.

 

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Head teacher Mr. Mwakaga Zecha requested KWEA officials to help

The administration of Menzamwenye Primary School in Dzombo Ward has admitted that its pupils have difficulties speaking or writing in the English language. Speaking during a motivational talk event conducted by Kwale Welfare and Education Association (KWEA) in the school last Saturday, the head teacher Mr. Mwakaga Zecha requested KWEA officials to help the school devise a strategy to help the pupils develop a liking for the subject.

“All examiAdministration of Menzamwenye Primary School in Dzombo Wardnable subjects except Kiswahili are set in English; so if the learners are weak in the subject, they’re not likely to register good results in the other subjects,” pleade Mr. Zecha.

KWEA works with sampled schools in the four sub-counties of Lunga-Lunga, Msambweni, Matuga and Kinango with the objective of helping the learners improve in their academic development. The organization’s chairperson Mr. Masoud Ramadhani Bungale assured the pupils that KWEA will do what it can to ensure that the school improved in the county and national grading.

He said his organization was currently collecting books including English story books which will soon be distributed to various schools. “As a matter of fact, we’ve earmarked Menzamwenye Primary school as the launching pad of our book distribution exercise,” said Bungale.

Three top class eight pupils were rewarded by the chairperson for impressive performance in the KWEA exam that the school undertook last term. The trio, Praise Mwikali, Chaka Tsuma and Abubakar Nzaphila Mbetsa scored 367, 348 and 337 respectively. Female pupils in classes six, seven and eight also benefitted from free sanitary towels donated by KWEA. A similar exercise was also conducted in Menzamwenye and Shimoni Secondary schools.

KWEA is engaged in a series of activities to uplift the standard of education in Kwale schools. The organization comprising mainly young graduates who went to school under challenging environments works closely with the local leadership and the private sector to accomplish its objective.

Last December, KWEA secured a place in history as the first organization to successfully organize a charity walk to raise funds to support the girl child. The exercise earned the admiration of various county leaders led by Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and a host of elected leaders.

Last April, the organization in collaboration with Gombato Ward Representative Omari Iddi Boga organized an educational symposium at Gombato Secondary school where more than two hundred secondary and university graduates converged. The students were addressed by among others, Prof. Hamadi Boga (Taita Taveta University College), Prof Halimu Shauri and Mr. Musa Yeya both of Pwani University.

The KWEA has also organized a career exhibition which will be held at Matuga Girls High School on June 7th this year.

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The 2nd Career Exibition of KEWA will take place on June the 7th at Matuga Girls Highschool.
The aim is to sensitize about the opportunities of higher education.

Date: 7th June 2014

Time: 9.00 am to 4.00pm

Venue: Matuga Girls High School


KWEA (Kwale Welfare and Education Association), is a community based organization formed by young university graduates from  Kwale county.

The young and dynamic professionals were driven by their passion for development in their community, yet had been rather pained by persistent poor academic performance in the county that has deteriorated to shameful levels. The desire to form a platform that would spur development in Kwale County was born in early 2009 and the idea of KWEA CBO was consequently championed and realized then.

The name KWEA is symbolic. It is a Swahili word denoting ‘CLIMB’, meaning the upward mobility, and connoting the progressive movement and development of a people’.

The members are carefully selected volunteers with academic success stories accomplished through a lot of financial challenges due to poor backgrounds. This is to ensure that their stories inspire young learners in a bid to change their attitude towards the learning process.

KWEA - 2nd Career Exhibition Invitation