Shika Educational Support Programme (SESP)

 

The Shika Educational Support Programme is the next step on from our hugely successful Shika After School Programme (SASP).  The SASP was a holistic after school support initiative that provided educational support and counselling to our beneficiaries located at a local primary school.   The Shika Educational Support Programme (SESP) developed as a response to the differing needs of many of our students who have now progressed to secondary education, and beyond.   Secondary school students have differing needs to primary students as there are many extra curricular activities, and extra classes already included in their schooling.  However, students still need social work based support.   This involves our team liaising closely with the school, parents and students to help address any ongoing issues.   We have taken the relevant elements from our after school support initiative and reconfigured the programme into individual support packages for each of our students.

 The Shika Educational Support Package includes:

Counselling services at the WWC

  • Regular schools visits by our social worker
  • Counselling
  • Teachers meetings & Reviewing of exam results
  • Lifeskills and professional training during holidays
  • Employment Orientation Training
  • Home visits & family counselling
  • Parent/Guardians meetings
  • School Meals

When working with poor and vulnerable children their needs are great due to their unstable home-lives. This is the biggest challenge to a successful educational outcome.  Sponsorship itself isn’t often adequate without support and follow up.  The educational support package is a vital element in ensuring success at secondary school.

Working with local schools

Shika found that local schools do not have the resources to work specifically with struggling pupils, or their families, to address the needs of under performing pupils.  Staff at Shika work with schools, the parents/guardians of the children, and the students themselves, to identify problem areas and tailor individual packages of support to each child.  Every package is designed to ensure each child has the best possible chance to regularly attend and graduate from primary and secondary school with adequate literacy, numeracy and life skills.

Who participates in the programme?

 

Children participating in the programme typically fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Living in extreme poverty
  • Likely to be orphaned by one or both parents
  • Subject to neglect and abuse
  • Living with HIV/AIDS
  • From a Maasai or pastoral tribe
 Photo Oct 20, 5 28 08 PMHow does the programme help?

 

By providing children with the support structure lacking at home, we enable children to love, show compassion to others, and to gain a sense of self worth.   It equips them with the support they need to make the most of their schooling, and the tools needed to fulfil their life potential.  It also provides a level of support to parents or guardians are struggling to support their children educationally.

 

How is the programme funded?

 

The costs of the main support package are covered through the sponsorship fee.  However we undertake fundraising to assist with the costs of more specialist trainings and workshops. 

 

“I love the programme as there are people that care about me and I like to speak with the counsellor” Adelaqueen, aged 16