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Letter from our Executive Director.

"Despite advancements in accessing primary education, access to secondary education has remained quite low in comparison. There are a number of reasons that account for this. For instance, secondary schools still require tuition payments hence it is still quite expensive for many. Distance also plays a major role for some in accessing education. In 2011 there were approximately 26,000 primary schools and 6,500 secondary schools spread across the country, which meant that many communities did not have a nearby high school (Glennerster and Kremer, 2011). Secondary school education usually starts at 14 years of age and runs for four years. Upon completion of secondary school, students can choose to go to university or pursue other vocational fields. Students who do well in secondary school are admitted to universities and colleges, and others join teacher training institutions, technical training schools, or the job market.

The competition for admission to university and the training institutes is very high. Thus, the crisis Kenya faces today is finding jobs for an educated people who are poor and disillusioned. Movement from rural to urban areas has led to overcrowded cities, higher crime rates, and lower educational expectations. The Kenyatta Trusts’ priorities from 2014-2019 will focus on areas of education, mentorship, and training of young men and women to serve in the public service sector, community transformation and empowerment and, student welfare. The Kenyatta Trusts’ Directors and Management are committed to more youth in Kenya being empowered and transformed into citizens of change. "