The coastal region of Kenya has one of the lowest literacy rates (57%) and highest poverty rates (average 40.5% against the national average of 36.1%) in the country. Literacy rates show high disparities between sexes in favour of men. Although basic education in Kenya is free, quality is compromised due to the high number of students compared to the few teachers within the coastal region.
We support training for communities and scholars, with the goal of building the skills and capacity of communities and practitioners in the coastal and marine sector. Key topical areas for community training include resource mobilisation, resource governance and management, fish quality assurance and entrepreneurship.
We also support education for students, which has emerged as a critical need following long term engagement with communities. Scholars (students and fresh graduates) are exposed to our areas of work depending on the availability of resources.
Training is vital in enhancing the ability of communities to access the resources needed to manage and scale initiatives. This project aims to enhance the skills of community members in order to support resource mobilisation.
With increased community responsibility for natural resources, training is needed to ensure that these resources are managed effectively. This project seeks to build resource management and governance capacity across communities.
We offer college students and fresh graduates an opportunity to build practical skills in marine conservation, community enterprise development, resource governance and management, geospatial analysis, community development, project design and management, data collection, analysis and reporting as well as communication. These opportunities are offered on attaché, internship and volunteer basis with the aim of preparing trainees for future leadership in their areas of interest. We have already trained over 20 students and interns now working in different sectors across the country and abroad.