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Academic Camps for the youth

In 2012, shop we established a series of academic ‘camps’ meant to strengthen the academic skills and performance of selected students.  

Generally, cure these camps are meant to address shortcomings in both academic performance and leadership development in rural Western Kenya.  Specifically, the camps target improvement in English language skills by developing a culture of reading and by coaching students in writing their own ‘story’.  Additional instruction is offered in KCSE exam instruction, math skills, use of IT for the purposes of studying Math and Science, and student leadership in the context of community organizing and development.  By focusing on these skills, the Elewana Camps improve local KCSE results such that more students qualify for university and are ultimately prepared to give back to their communities professionally and developmentally.  We are essentially fostering the community’s next generation of advocates for literacy, education, and community organizing.

Each camp caters to a specific local population of student.  These include girls currently sitting for their KSCE exam, single teenage mothers, rising Form 4 girls, rising Form 4 boys, rising Form 2 Boys, and student leaders/peer tutors for IT in our local schools.  The camps are comprised of between 20-30 students and last for one or two weeks.   Throughout that time, students will remain in residence at Elewana’s Mission House in Amagoro, Kenya.  This type of residential housing condition enables students to focus entirely on their studies and removes, at least for the duration of the camp, the myriad stresses many face at home on a daily basis.  Furthermore, each camp begins and ends with a skill assessment to both gage the currently academic levels of each student and what changes were effected over the one or two weeks.  Further monitoring will occur throughout the following academic year to trace the effects of each camp.  

Instruction is overseen by Jevin Mwao, Camps Coordinator for the Elewana Project, and Dr. Olubayi Olubayi, retired university professor from Rutgars University and founder/director of Kiwimbi, a CBO located in Busia County and committed to improving educational opportunities among young Kenyans.  Additional instruction is provided by recent graduates of Elewana’s sponsorship program as well as local professionals, Peace Corp Volunteers and Elewana Interns.  All of the Instructors and tutors will remain in residence at the Mission House (unless they live locally and prefer to commute).  Please contact Elewana if you are interested in helping with our camps: we would love to have you!

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Contact the Elewana Education Project using the phone number or email address below:

  • In the USA: +1 (304) 707-5499
  • In Kenya: +254 712638948, +254 710 102 536
  • In Elewana Office Amagoro Kenya: +254 718011889
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