The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) emphasizes the importance of education in poverty eradication (UNESCO).
Education, according to the United Nations, is essential for escaping chronic poverty and preventing poverty from being passed down through generations.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big 4 Agenda in Kenya includes education as a key component. The Head of State has repeatedly pressed relevant ministries to put in place strong measures to protect Kenyan youth’s scientific ideas, projects, and innovations.
The Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) was also introduced to help students stay up with the fast-paced world of science and technology advancements.
The government sponsors public institutions that provide chances for students in tertiary education. TVETs have also been implemented into the educational sector to offer learners with relevant and adequate skills.
Nonetheless, a number of Kenyan students are unable to progress to secondary and postsecondary levels due to a lack of funds to pay for school fees and other emoluments. Some foundations fill in the gaps by providing financial aid to deserving students.
Some foundations have a set of criteria that a child must achieve in order to be fully or partially sponsored.
Kengen, a state-owned company, provides annual academic sponsorship to high-achieving primary and secondary school graduates who originate from low-income, rural, or marginalized communities.
Every year, the organization assists an average of 40 bright students. Through the Kengen Alumni group, the number of students they can sponsor has been increased.
Strathmore University Foundation
Strathmore University, a private university, offers a variety of scholarships to school and tertiary students who succeed in various fields.
Academic excellence, special sponsorship for final-year high school students who wish to pursue specific courses in accounting, information, and technology, special sponsorships for students who place first in Mathematics contests, high school students who excel in sports, and bursaries for needy and exceptional academic ability are among the merits.
The scope of the bursaries might be expanded based on the criteria established by the school’s sponsors.
Equity Group Foundation
Equity Group Foundation, the social arm of Equity Group Holding, helps brilliant primary and secondary students across the country with financial and mentoring assistance.
According to the organization, financially disadvantaged students include youngsters from low-income families, victims of civil strife, and children of parents with serious illnesses or impairments.
Through interviews and house visits, local community leaders and equity bank employees assess and verify applicants.
The foundation collaborates with the Equity Leaders Program, which offers academically gifted high school students internship opportunities.
USIU Africa foundation
United States International University, a private university, gives high school graduates partial and full academic sponsorships based on certain criteria.
Students who are at the top of their class in their county, as well as the children of civil workers who excel academically, are eligible for partial academic sponsorship.
Full sponsorship is available to people with disabilities (PWDs) and candidates from underrepresented communities in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Regions (ASAL).
Full academic sponsorship recipients must be in financial need and demonstrate extraordinary academic and leadership ability. It should be emphasized that fully supported students are solely responsible for Student Affairs Council and Medical costs.
Jomo Kenyatta Foundation.
The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation has made it a priority to provide scholarships to orphans and vulnerable students (OVS). Children from public elementary and secondary schools are primarily absorbed by the foundations.
PWDs and people from marginalized areas, in particular, must achieve 70% of the maximum marks or meet the board of directors’ standards.
On the websites of the aforementioned foundations, application forms can be obtained.