Teachers Fleeing Violence Creates Education Crisis in Kenya
03/18/2020 Kenya (International Christian Concern) – Over recent years, al-Shabaab, the ISIS affiliated Somali terror group, has targeted and killed non-local Christian teachers in Eastern Kenya. According to the Kenyan Ministry of Education, at least 32 teachers have been killed in Kenya-Somalia border counties over the past 5 years. This includes the recent killing of three teachers in Kamuthe, Kenya in January this year. More than half of the teachers in primary and secondary schools in have demanded transfers to safer regions of the country.
This exodus is coinciding with a message by the terror group that all non-locals evacuate three counties in Eastern Kenya: Garissa, Wajir and Mandera. According to stats given by the ministry of education more than 800 teachers have moved from Garissa, nearly 300 from Wajir and almost 1000 from Mandera. This creates a major problem for the region as the majority of teachers in Kenya come from outside of these three counties. World Watch Monitor says that locals have reported to them that between 60 and 80 percent of all teachers in Eastern Africa have to come from outside the local Somali population.
It is unclear exactly how Kenya will deal with this issue. Adding to the situation, COVID-19 is starting to spread in Kenya with now at least 3 confirmed cases in the country. They have already closed all schools and restricted all travel from outside the country. Though the closing of all schools may allow them time to figure out how to deal with the evacuation and transfer of so many teachers, it will further set back the students’ progress. Please pray that the Kenyan government would figure out a way to deal with this terror group more effectively and that teachers would be able to safely teach in their schools.
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