An investigation of public- private partnership in enhancing primary school retention for orphaned children in Abogeta Division, Meru County, Kenya
Kajuju, Florence Justus
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The population group that often suffers from limited access and retention in school education includes orphans, children from Iow income families, indigenous people and other marginalized groups. W-orldwide evidence suggests that orphaned children are not accessing education or are leaving school before achieving basic literacy and numeracy skills. Studies have shown that partnerships can help enhance education status of vulnerable groups such as in the provision of bursaries, provision of infrastructure, and other requirements. The increased number of orphaned children places a tremendous strain on families, communities and nations whereby partnerships are needed for the support In Kenya, these children have little access and retention to school making them vulnerable to problems like child abuse, child labour which need both public and private partnership. This study will explore how public (government) and private (family, NGOs and FBOs) partnership influence school retention of orphaned children in Abogeta division, Mem county. The study will be guided by Maslow's theory of motivation whereby through public and private partnership involvement in providing for their needs, orphaned children can be facilitated to access education and remain in school. A descriptive survey design will be employed where purposeful sampling will be used to select informants from FBOs, NGOs, head teachers and administration officers. Random sampling will be used to select the 8 schools out of 74 schools in the division and 48 orphaned children both boys and girls from the sampled scheols. Data will be collected using interview guide, structured questionnaires,observatioos and focus group discussions. Quantitative data obtained from questionnaires will be analyzed using descriptive statistics and analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Qualitative data from observations, interviews and FGDs will be analyzed thematically according to the main themes, objectives and research questions. Conclusions and recommendations will be drawn from the research findings. Charts and tables will be used to present tire fmdings from FGDs, interviews, questionnaires and observations. The findings from this study will be important in providing information to the governments, NGOs, FBOs, communities and families to enable them formulate a broad strategy within which resources could be channeled more effectively to ensure school retention for the orphaned children.