Implementing the Flexscan in Kenya

22 January 2022

Continent: Africa

Duration: 2020

Donor: Cheshire Disability Services Kenya (CDSK

Partner: Liliane fonds

13 July 2020

Introduction to the project

Kenyans want inclusive education for all. Therefore, as a response to a growing level of diversity, Kenyan school institutes, the ministry, 4 TVET institutions, and Cheshire Disability Services, are coming together to work on increasing the flexibility of educational institutes. For this they used the Flexscan and Policy scan, tools which have proven their worth in the Dutch context, developed by CINOP/ECIO and now translated to the Kenyan context with funding from Liliane Fonds.

The Challenge

Recently the Kenyan government has announced that all Kenyans should have access to education, regardless of any hindrances that institutes or students might encounter. This has resulted in a tsunami of new students entering all nooks and crannies of the system. Institutes pop like mushrooms from the ground, throughout the entirety of the country and classes are reaching up to 50 students each. When the influx of students increases this also means that the level of diversity in classes follows. A new challenge arises, how to deal with increasing levels of diversity in a resource constrained environment?

Our approach

The answer to this is challenge is flexibility. With flexibility we refer to an educational environment that becomes increasingly flexible in such a way that it is able to cater for both regular students as well as special needs students. For example youngsters with impairments, disabilities, socio-psychological challenges and many other ways which might hamper students from accessing and finishing their school career. If all provisions and activities in schools cater for all students, instead of providing secondary bypasses for the students who cannot deal with the regular provision, then the journey students will take will eventually be much smoother and inclusive. And additionally, in many cases it might contribute to more cost effective and sustainable solutions.

  • We start with contextualizing the flexscan to the Kenyan context, after all, no country is the same
  • We create awareness on true inclusion
  • We create commitment
  • We establish mutual goals and objectives
  • And set up a plan how to reach these\

Impact

The process took its own meanders away from the norm and finally, we had a product that all of us loved and cherish. Thank you very much for your patience and travail in navigating the process to the launching pad and take-off arena.

CDSK

Kenya, is moving towards becoming more inclusive for all students. Before Corona the first phase of the project, contexualisation, awareness raising, commitment creation and goal setting has been completed succesfully. A second phase will start once corona will allow it. This phase will constitute of;

  • Training CDSK to use the flexscan autonomously, also in other contexts
  • Implementing steps from the action plans
  • Promoting the newly established platform
  • Integrating the online flexscan to the flexscan toolbox

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