schoolground
Donated Property - Future School Site

There are very few primary and high schools in the district, and rural children must walk up to ten kilometers a day to attend school. Education is not fully embraced within the Maasai community because of its pastoral and cultural lifestyle. Children are often kept out of school so they can look after cattle or sheep, and do other chores at home.

During the dry season (drought) the community suffers a lot. Most of their domestic animals die and the people are left with nothing to support their families. Children are not able to attend school due to hunger and sickness. Those who do attend, generally don't do well academically, because it is hard to concentrate with an empty belly. Parents cannot even afford to purchase school supplies and so find themselves begging for money and materials.

The dropout rate is very high, especially for girls who have gone through the circumcision period at the age of eleven and fifteen. Their parents (especially the father) find someone to marry their daughter. The girls are forced into marriage at a very early age, which means the end of their education.

In Narok a rehabilitation school called TASARU has been created to care for the girls who have been forced into early marriages and forced to take part in female circumcision practices. The institution focuses on guidance and counseling for these girls.

There is a strong need to strengthen gender equality in order to improve formal education performance in girls. Poverty, early marriages and other cultural practices have been the leading cause of school dropouts. There is a 79% level of illiteracy in the Narok District alone.

 

Tasaru is a Maasai word meaning rescue.