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Start Date:
Sep 2021

The Importance and Value of an Education

Parent and Student Speaker Series


Karimu’s partnership with the schools of Ayalagaya, and now Arri, have a long history, starting with the inception of Karimu in 2008.  Classrooms, bathrooms, teachers’ houses and professional development are just a few examples of the ways we have supported education and still continue to do so. Karimu started tracking school attendance in 2019 as part of the metrics we collect. It became apparent that student attendance in primary and secondary schools was lagging. In 2020, Karimu decided to look at ways to increase student attendance and the engagement of students. Our staff, in consultation with teachers in the community, designed a comprehensive outreach program designed to educate the students and parents about the importance of education. Community role models and Karimu staff go to each school to speak on the importance of education with these goals in mind:


  • To highlight the value of an education to the student, his/her parents and the community at large

  • To expand the students’ understanding of why it is important to continue their education and what is possible 

  • To highlight local professionals and respected members of the community and have them tell their story of how education has impacted their lives

  • To raise the awareness of parents about opportunities and possibilities for their children

  • To highlight the positive impact an education can have, not only on the individual, but on the entire community

  • To better understand and identify the barriers to students attending school


Each school has 3 sessions in this program.  As an added incentive, schools receive sports equipment for the students to use at recreation time. At the conclusion of this program, feedback from parents, teachers and students will be collected and attendance data will be analyzed to see the effectiveness of the program.



  • Parent education on benefits of their child completing their education

  • Helping children see what’s possible with an education


Cost: $1,356.24