Undugu Basic Education Unit (UBEU)
This is an alternative education provided as an intervention to the challenges facing free primary education in Kenya. UBEU is a 4 year Non-formal education unit catering for poor and marginalized children who are unable either because of the socio-economic status, or over-age, or personal circumstances, to attend formal schools. This unit is currently working in four schools which are located in the informal settlements namely: - Kibera, Mathare, Pumwani and Ngomongo; and targets children aged 12- 16 years. After the fourth year the youth graduates to informal skill training. The ultimate goal of the unit is to enable as many children as possible integrate to formal schools.
UBEU undertakes regular field visits which includes slum and streets with the aim of recruiting 400 children per year by the teachers/social workers. The Units hold an average capacity of 850 learners in a year. The curriculum used was approved by Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) and is highly flexible with professionally trained teachers who can handle all the subjects. The government also supports the unit by seconding teachers and regular review of the curriculum. The system also evaluates and integrates learners to public schools by giving material support. Co-curricular activities are another core area of focus in the unit with the aim of promoting physical and emotional development. Lunch is also provided to the children to improve their concentration and retention.