Introduction to SLUMS-ED

(Why The SLUMS-ED?)

SLUMS-ED, stands for Student Leaders Understanding My SphereEducation.

Slums, The new Faces of the Developing Cities!

The Education 2030 Agenda is built on the fact that Education drives development by transforming lives. To achieve this, education itself must be transformed; It must be open to all, inclusive and of good quality.

  • In today’s world, slums and their existence is a reality which cannot be ignored
  • Hundreds of millions of people are living in vey poor living environment without access to basic living requirements
  • Today, massive urbanization and slumification of urban centers is one of the biggest challenges of public health.

GLOBAL STATISTICS

  • More than 70% of urban population in Africa live in slums
  • It is only 20 per cent of the present worldwide slum population, which, left unchecked, will multiply three fold to 3 billion by the year 2050
  •  In the developed world, 975 million people live or 79% of the population (1.3 billion) will live in urban areas by 2020.
  • In the developing regions, 3 billion people or 49.7% of the population (of 5.97 billion) will live in urban areas by 2020.

GLOBAL EDUCATION CHALLENGES

  • More than 70% of urban population in Africa live in slums
  • 263 MILLION children and youth worldwide are out of school
  • 69 MILLION new teachers needed worldwide to reach the 2030 education goals.
  • 758 MILLION adults (15% of adults) lack any literacy skills, two thirds of whom are women.
  • Currently, more than 70% of urban population in Africa live in slums.
  • It is projected that if urban poverty rises at the same rate, nearly 2billion people in the world would live in slums by 2020.
  • Over 85% in Kenya in both Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) and Kenya National Primary Education (KCPE) candidates ‘failed’ in 2016 national examination.

A transformative/ innovative  programme of educational promotion that will go along to improve quality of life of the slum dwellers that should;

  • Bring high quality education interventions to the slum neighbour hoods
  • Be accompanied by participation of the slum children, youth and the community atlarge in designing and various other stages
  • Requires a multi sectoral approach involving a range of departments at local and national levels
  • Include strengthening of the capacity of the children, youth and all slum dwellers , local governments and other stakeholders through a transformative and innovative program.

Genesis Joy believes that ending extreme exclusion, the core problem of urban slums, requires engaged students and increased civic engagement levels. Therefore, we are working to place greater emphasis on Identity, service learning and human rights education and responsibility through a supplementary program called SLUMS-ED, which stands for Student Leadership Understanding My Sphere-Education.

We train & equip students to be leaders in their 7 professional Spheres. Part of the Seven World Curriculum information on this website has been used by permission from “The Seven Professional Nations” book by Rev. Niyi Morakinyo of The Joshua Generation Trust.

For more details about the book and Rev. Niyi Morakinyo can be obtained from the Joshua Generation website: www.thejoshuagenerationtrust.org

We do believe that everyone, has been assigned to a specific area of expertise and grace and in that place, they thrive to full potential. The earlier we help them align, the faster they advance. The 7 Professional Spheres is a Kingdom approach that typifies the seven ‘powerful’ nations (when translated using Strong’s Exhaustive concordance (Hebrew and Greek) of the bible together with other different dictionaries (Easton’s Bible dictionary, Elwell’s Theological dictionary and the English dictionary) the Israelites found occupying Canaan (The Promised land) as indicated in Deuteronomy 7:1 and Joshua 3:10. They are translated as follows;

  1. The Hivites, which typify The World/Nation/Sphere of Life givers (pastors, evangelist etc. and healthcare).
  2. The Perizzites, which typify The World/Nation/Sphere of Family (Children homes, the street children, the elderly, children and people with special needs etc.)
  3. The Hittites, which typify The World/Nation/Sphere of Government and military.
  4. The Canaanites which typify The World/Nation/Sphere of Industry, Commerce and Finance
  5. The Jebusites which typify The World/Nation/Sphere of Science, Technology and education
  6. The Girgashites which typify The World/Nation/Sphere of Sports
  7. The Amorites which typify The World/Nation/Sphere of Arts, Media and Entertainment

We are working vigorously and cautiously to disrupt the education systems in the urban slums in Kenya and Africa that limit students from realizing their full potential and to innovate new learning trajectories that unleash their power to effect positive change. Our work is anchored by our steadfast belief that education can be more than a gateway to opportunity and personal advancement – that it can be a social engine to serve our communities and neighbors and to solve some of our world’s biggest problems. We exist to make this belief a reality.

Having an understanding of what the slum child faces as they grow up, one of them which is being exposed to hash realities/ negative predisposition, it has come to our attention that we cannot just sit and watch, we have to start from somewhere, a foundation needs to be put down to transform their lives and also the generations to come.

The following are some of challenges a child / youth living in the urban slums faces;

  • Lack of better parenthood
  • Lack of affirmation from the community
  • Right to expression is violated
  • Influence of bad behavior from the community such as muggings, pornography
  • Lack of basic needs food, clothes, sanitary towels etc.
  • Sexual abuse
  • Exposure to domestic violence
  • Drug abuse
  • Theft and other criminal activities
  • Extreme Poverty
  • Child labor

Based on the above challenges, the slum child develops poor self-esteem, lack of confidence, poor expression of their true identity/ gifts and talents, poor expression of their rights which later leads many young dreams being shuttered at a young age. Many potential dreams are still being destroyed even to this date. However as Genesis Joy we come with a solution of a radical change of their negative perspective of life by bringing in light through programs that will help renew their mindset.

Our main objective is to build the capacity of the orphaned, vulnerable children, school going youth and out of school youth in urban slums of Kenya and Africa, to rise up to be leaders in their different spheres of influence and thereby standing as role models in the next generation.

Through the basic training, SLUMS-ED hopes to motivate, train and equip the children and the youth in schools and out of school of urban slums all over the world to solve continuing problems that plague people or humanity such as diseases, famine, unemployment, deliberate violation of human rights and all other challenges in the urban slums so as to rise up to be change agent leaders in their different spheres of influence and thereby standing as role models in the next generation.

  1. To promote the Social, economic, technological and industrial needs for the communities and national development.
  1. To promote sound morals and Kingdom values.
  1. To promote social equality and responsibility.
  1. To foster nationalism, patriotism and promote national unity
  1. To ensure that every child understands and recognizes their areas of interest/ passion/calling/ careers/ identity.
  1. To promote respect for and development of Kenya’s rich and varied cultures.
  1. To foster international understanding among all the people of the world.
  1. To ensure every student understands and recognizes their potential to offer solutions to the challenges they face in their communities.
  1. To solve continuing problems that plague people or humanity such as wars, diseases, famine and unemployment.
  1. To improve the standard of living of people in the urban slums in the world.
  1. To ensure students articulate the Kenya Bill of rights.
  1. To support in developing public speaking skills of which will help in their presentation/ expression of their interests/ areas of calling.
  1. To Bring out a total transformed (all round) student who is confident in whom they are and their uniqueness in life.