Our students consistently rank among the highest among students from the over 30 schools in the district and out-perform the local public school students by an average of 150 points.
When the EAC asked the community in Takaungu how we could best help them, we were asked to start a top-notch professional Nursery and Primary School. The EAC opened the Vutakaka Junior School on January 6, 2004. In 2012, we completed building the classrooms and have three kindergarten classes and grades 1 through 8.
321 students fill classrooms of about 20 students per grade.
Our school is staffed by top-notch, qualified teachers from the local community and assisted by interns from graduate programs around the world and our students consistently score highest among students from the surrounding 30 schools in the District.We provide our students with the opportunity to score high enough on exams to be accepted into quality high schools around Kenya and therefore have more choices in their lives.
Nearly 90% of the students in our adult education classes are women. The EAC is empowering women and their families by helping them learn to read and develop basic math and business skills to help them advance economically. Most of the students in our adult education program are women who never attended primary school or left before they learned how to read.
Our adult education class is offered free of charge four days a week, two hours a day. Our program uses books provided by the Kenyan government's adult education department. Representatives from the government, including the Coast region's Director of Adult Education, have visited the school and lauded our program.
Focusing on Math, Reading, Writing and Language Skills, classes officially began on Monday, July 6. Within one week, we had registered a total of 100+ students of varying levels! For every 50 students we have registered and in attendance, the Ministry of Adult Education provides 1 teacher free of cost!
As the EAC evolves, we see that these public-private partnerships with local government offices as being the way forward to providing truly long-lasting and sustainable services.
Why women's education is so important?
Women's education is crucial to the empowerment of women and children and essential to the eradication of extreme poverty. According to the United Nation's Millenium Project:
- If a girl is educated for 6 years or more, her childbirth survival rates will dramatically improve.
- Educated mothers immunize their children 50 percent more often than mothers who are not educated.
- AIDS spreads twice as quickly among uneducated girls than among girls that have even some schooling.
- The children of a woman with five years of primary school education have a survival rate 40 percent higher than children of women with no education.