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					    COMMONWEALTH EDUCATION FUND –KENYA (CEFK) IMPLEMENTATION
                PLAN (JANUARY TO DECEMBER 2005)

1        CAPACITY BUILDING
CEF Secretariat will organize tailor made capacity building group trainings for CEF partners. The
trainings will be on Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Gender mainstreaming in education
advocacy work, Action Research and two financial management workshops for new and old partners.
Based on the Midterm review findings and recommendations, CEFK partners emphasized that
trainings organized by CEF had broadened their capacity to lobby and advocate for quality education
policy and plans as well as to streamline their financial systems. The partners requested for more
tailor-made trainings to strengthen their policy influencing work.

    a) Financial Management training,

    The financial management training will be conducted in two phases. Phase one will target new
    partners, in order to discuss the narrative and financial reporting requirements, linking budgets to
    work plans and budget requests, good financial policies and procedures, books of accounts
    among many other topics that will enhance the organizations financial management/systems.
    Phase two of the financial training will be for all new and old partners. This training will focus
    more on systemizing and automating Financial structures, maintaining transparency and
    accountability, development of phase out/exit strategies and diversifying funding base (especially
    through building endowment funds and proposal writing). This training will be conducted by the
    CEF accountant with support from the Finance team and the CEF Coordinator. An external
    facilitator will only be brought on board to facilitate the sessions on building endowment funds
    & proposal writing.

    b) Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
    This being an area that CEFK faired minimally in the Mid-term review, the program will
    organize a participatory Monitoring and evaluation training tailored for education advocacy (this
    training was scheduled for last year but was not implemented). Partners will develop monitoring
    and evaluation plans, as well as clear indicators that will guide the implementation of their
    projects as well as be used to measure change by 2006. Egerton University will be approached to
    design the one week PME training and train the partners. This training will be followed up on
    the ground by CEFK staff in form of one on one organizational coaching and mentoring and
    actual hands on M&E training.

    c) Gender mainstreaming in education advocacy
    Gender is another gap that was identified in the mid-term review report. To strengthen partner’s
    capacity in Gender issues CEFK will organize training on gender mainstreaming in education
    advocacy works. This training will be followed up by CEF staff to ensure that each partner
    mainstreams gender into their work. CEFK will source for the best and affordable gender in
    education advocacy trainers in the East Africa region.

     d) Participatory Action Research,
CEF partners prioritized this form of training during the last joint planning meeting. Partners feel
that there is need to professionally and systematically document their education advocacy work over
time so as to share with others and use lessons leant to inform future work. Training in participatory
Action research will be tailor made to impart skills and knowledge to partners. This is expected to
keep partners ahead of policy makers in form of getting and providing first hand information.

2       CEF INNOVATIVE AWARD



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Based on the CEF strategy, an award on the most innovative education advocacy project in Kenya is
organized on an annual basis. 2005 will be the second year running. The event is organized by a
special committee comprising of various stakeholders in education ranging from, education
bureaucrats, Education Journalists, Head teachers, civil society, UN and a school girl and boy. The
award encompasses a trophy, a cash ward and a certificate.

3        PRIVATE SECTOR FUNDRAISING,
This year CEF plans to intensify its corporate fundraising activities. A launch of CEF to the private
sector in Kenya is planned for to introduce the fund and win support. A brochure will be developed
to provide target information to the private sector, especially on CEF achievements in Kenya. The
brochure will spell out various ways in which they can help or support CEF.

4         OTHER PLANNED ACTIVITIES
         Beyond Access workshop on gender and partnerships (Bangladesh) (CEF Coordinator)
         Training of Facilitators on Financial Management Training for advocacy programmes (CEF
          Accountant)
         CEF Mid-term review workshop in Accra Ghana (CEF Coordinator & a member of CEF
          MC)
         Exchange visits to other CEF Programs (Tanzania & Uganda) (Nominated CEF partners_
         Documentation of case studies for CEF Partners (CEF Secretariat)

5        MONITORING AND EVALUATION,
The CEF secretariat will continue with grant and program monitoring and evaluating CEF Partner
projects through out the year. This will involve field visits to partner organizations, discussions with
education officials on the ground and target communities including boys and girls in schools. Part of
the M&E will target one to one coaching and mentoring on financial management and education
advocacy. Partners will also be assisted to develop M&E plans to support continuous documentation
of project activities.

6        GRANT MANAGEMENT
CEF secretariat will produce quarterly narrative and financial reports which will be informed by field
visit notes, partner organization reports and other relevant reports. CEF will also disburse funds to
partners on a quarterly basis as per signed contracts, as well as endure contract compliance at all
levels. Cef will continue identifying, assessing and bringing on board new partners as approved by the
Management committee. Management committee meetings will be held once per quarter, with special
meetings (issue specific) taking place as and when required. Otherwise CEF MC Members will
interact more through emails, telephones and on a one on one basis from time to time.

CEFK Partners
CEF Kenya will continue supporting its partners throughout the year, these Partners include;

    1.    Elimu Yetu coalition EYC)
    2.    Girl Child Network (GCN)
    3.    Cancel Debts for child Campaign (CADEC)
    4.    National Council of churches of Kenya (NCCK)
    5.    Bible Translation and Literacy (BTL)
    6.    Kenya alliance for advancement of children (KAACR)
    7.    Literacy for All (LIFA)
    8.    Women education Researchers of Kenya (WERK)
    9.    Elimu Kwa Wanavijiji Coalition (EKWVC)
    10.   Dupoto e Maa



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NEW CEF PARTNERS
Three new CEF partners were approved by the Management Committee in December 2004. These
partners are as follows

1         Kenya National association of parents
Kenya National Association of Parents (KNAP) was registered in 1999 under the society’s rules.
It is an umbrella organization which was formed to represent the interests of parents
associations across the country. KNAP has a membership of approximately three hundred and
twenty five (3000) Parents Teachers associations (PTAs) drawn from twenty five (25) Districts.
First elections for national governing board officials were held in the year 2000 to serve a term
of five years. Main activities have rotated around capacity building of PTAs in school
management to establishing district branches.

With CEF support KNAP will strengthen the Kenya National Parents Teachers Association at the
school, District and National and Regional level as well as lobby and advocate for a clear and
functional parents teachers role in The Management of Primary Education.

2        Autism society of Kenya
The Organization was set up by a group of parents who were desperately looking for ways to help their autistic
children. Autism is a disability that is not well known in Kenya and therefore there were previously no services
available for autistic children. The parents started meeting in June, 2003. In August, 2003, they filed registration
papers with the NGO Board. While waiting for the registration to take place, they decided that they needed an
autism unit to send their children to, instead of leaving them at home, which is where most of them were. With
only 7 children, they opened the Autism Unit at City Primary School because they knew that their children have a
right to be there, and to access public school facilities. In December 2003 they received the registration papers
from the NGO Board, and so the Autism Society of Kenya was officially born.

With CEF Support the Autism society of Kenya will mount a mass campaign on autism as a
manageable health disorder, build linkages with education and health stakeholders in children with
disabilities and Lobby government for recognition of Autistic children in public Primary schools

3        Kenya Society for Mentally Handicapped
Kenya Society for the Mentally Handicapped (KSMH) is a charitable organization for persons with
mental disability officially registered on 22nd June 1971. Among the founders were parents of persons
with mental disability and professionals in the area. KSMH’s Vision is to ensure inclusion of the mentally
disabled in social and economic productive activities. Currently KSMH membership is spread out in the
entire country supporting mentally handicapped units in public primary schools.

With CEF Support KSMH will launch a nationwide campaign on education for mentally
handicapped children and build linkages with other disability coalitions and alliances. The biggest
challenge facing KSMH being fighting stigma among communities as well as getting the government
to develop comprehensive and quality education programs for children with mental disabilities in
public primary schools.

Potential/pending partners
CEFK has a list of seven pending proposals which were short listed in 2004 and assessed. These
proposals will be reassessed and tabled for discussion by the CEF Management committee. This is as
follows

    1. Kenya Children’s Parliament (Child to policy makers campaign for education )
    2. Childlife Trust (Street children education advocacy)


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3. Pamoja Kenya (Adult Education)
4. African Network for the prevention & protection on of child abuse and neglect (Early
   Childhood Care and Education advocacy)
5. Pastoralists Coalition ( Advocacy for pastoralist education)
6. Kenya Union for Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET)
7. Centre for Research, Communication and Gender in Early Childhood Education (ECCE)




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