No Recess for Informal Schools During Kenya’s Nationwide Teachers’ Strike

Ms. Nyongesa teaches students the alphabet at an informal school she founded. Photo by Jason Patinkin

For the past week, a nationwide teachers’ strike over low pay and benefits has shut down Kenya’s public schools, so the streets of Nairobi’s Mathare slum have been filled with playing children.

But three-year-old James hasn’t missed a day of class. Every morning, while other children kick soccer balls outside, he and his seven classmates sit on worn wooden benches in a tiny shack made of cardboard and corrugated iron, reciting the alphabet and counting to ten as their teacher writes on a secondhand chalkboard.  Read more…


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