The Importance of Education in Kenya

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All countries are unique, as each and every single one has their own culture. They differ in simple ways: from small things like their flag and their languages, to big things like political leaders and religion. But when people think of all the characteristics that make a country differ from the rest, they don’t consider education as the most important one, the one that really defines a countries culture, but isn’t it? Today’s youth are our future leaders, the ones who will become the face of the politics, religion, and culture of their countries, and education is what prepares them for that. Many countries are able to provide their youth with a stable, structured education, but many cannot. There is an exhaustive list of countries that lack the resources needed to provide a proper education and among those countries is one that I wish to talk directly about in the next few blogs, Kenya.

Here are some background facts about Kenya’s education!

  • About 15% of Kenya’s population is illiterate.
  • About 85% of Kenyan children go to primary school. Of that 85%, 75% of them who completed primary school go to secondary school. Of that 75%, 60% of them who completed secondary school go to higher institutions of education.
  • There is an extensive shortage of teachers, with about four per school.