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Shweta Sandilya, Education Specialist, UNICEF Kenya


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"Alternative approaches to Education: Talent Academies Pilot In Kenya"
Regional Review Conference on the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development
Nairobi, Kenya | 26-27 November 2014

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Shweta Sandilya, Education Specialist, UNICEF Kenya

  1. 1. Alternative approaches to Education: Talent Academies Pilot In Kenya Shweta Sandilya (Ph.D) Education Specialist UNICEF Kenya Country Office Photo: Minu Limbu/UNICEF
  2. 2. 2007-08 Post Election Violence: Evidence of dysfunctional education systems in countries affected by conflict in Africa: The youth bulge Photo: Various Media Sources from 2007-
  3. 3. 2007-08:UNICEF Education Program Global response: 1. Pilot the talent academy model; 2. Build country office capacity-out of school youth Programs. Photo: UNICEF Kenya Country Office
  4. 4. Foundations of the Program in Kenya What: Following the 2007/2008 post-election violence a situational analysis was conducted to investigate why large numbers of youths were involved in the violence. Findings: a majority of youths felt frustrated due to lack of opportunities to nurture / showcase talent and an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness in finding a secure livelihood. Intervention: The talent academy was established with the vision to train, nurture and showcase youth talent in sports and performing arts.
  5. 5. Design Talent Academy It seeks to supplement in the deficit model of Education-what learners cannot do and focuses on what they are able to do. Photo: UNICEF Kenya Country Office
  6. 6. Buy in from the governme nt of Kenya Technical Proposal Setting up of inter-ministerial technical working Roll out of national stakeholder awareness program Curriculum design incorporatin g peace education and national integration Anchored on Capacity, building, advocacy and South to South exchange Designing the Pilot Program 2009-2010 Photo: UNICEF Kenya Country Office
  7. 7. Selection Based on equity-gender, focus on geographically, socio-economic marginalization School drop outs seeking to rejoin the education system based on talent The In-school Model –Ministry of Education Science & Technology 8 existing schools running the curriculum designated as talent academies Additional support provided for infrastructure, training and talent scholarships scheme for in school learners The out of school youth model- Ministry of Youth and Sports 1 national Government center with elite training in sports and arts Intensive training for 9-12 months on 70% talent and 30% compensatory education Implementation
  8. 8. Theory of Change NYTA Alumni-NYTA clipsNYTA 3-NYTA alumni.mp4
  9. 9. Theory of Change Continued…. Youth Talent Development Compensatory learning Sustainable youth/ adolescents livelihoods
  10. 10. The Pilot & Modelling has-- Provided a new systematic learning space for adolescents out of school system Given new life based learning that empowers adolescents It is replicable at all levels of learning and is cost effective, can also be an integrated model in the existing in-school structures. Gives a definite livelihood to adolescents hitherto hopeless and shut out by the deficit model of Education
  11. 11. Impact Pilot Key Learning Points Advocacy Technical Design
  12. 12. THANK YOU