Pamoja Child Foundation works closely with 31 public primary schools with a focus on capacity building to promote education through a child-friendly learning environment. Management training to develop a Strategic Plan has led schools to make great strides in creating a child-friendly learning environment through infrastructure improvement. School boards are trained and able to mobilize resources within the community and local government to improve their school environment, all in the best interest of the child.
During the Strategic Plan & Fundraising training, the Management of the school (including the principal, parents of pupils and teachers of the school) is trained in developing a strategic plan for the school as well as the options to tap into locally available resources to finance the implementation of the Strategic Plan.
The Strategic Plan training has contributed to a change in attitude (thinking in possibilities) and promoted teamwork among board members, greatly improving the general management of schools and ownership of school development in general. St. Josephs Ng’ula Primary School developed a strategic plan document after the training and presented the document along with a proposal to the government through the constituency funds office and the school was one of the few selected for funding. The school has undergone a major transformation: initially the classrooms were made of mud and the floors were quite dusty, exposing students to respiratory diseases. Today the school tells a different story:
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Think of how you can climb over it, go through it, or get past it. -Michael Jordan”.
Old classroom and new classroom
The strategic plan development and resource mobilization training with relevant members of the school’s management has played a major role in guiding the same management of the school towards infrastructure development and also facilitated effective fundraising and community participation.