New Generation Academy - Ashoka Changemaker School

At New Generation Academy, rescued street children are assessed to determine their academic capability and receive subsequent learning support to transition the child back into mainstream schooling.The children also receive psycho social and spiritual support while social workers strive to reunite them with their families.
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Year launched: 
2013
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Implementer: 
Agape Children's Ministry
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Location Data

State/Province: 
Nyanza
City: 
Kisumu
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Program Description: 

For the past 22 years, Agape Children's Ministry has supported the street children of Kisumu, Kenya. When a child is rescued from the streets (and becomes their legal guardians through a court process), Agape initially places each child into its 4-week resident Transition Program, a daily non-standard classroom setting where each child participates in group counseling and receives instruction in the areas of Lifeskills, Bible studies, developing positive character traits, and the dangers of street life.  Agape also uses this period of time to diagnose each child's most critical problems and to assess the severity of their spiritual, psycho-social, and academic needs.It is during this transition phase that New Generation Academy (NGA) thoroughly assesses each child in three major academic disciplines: English Languge, Reading, and Mathematics. Through counseling with the child and inteviews with the child's family during home visits, NGA learns of each child's academic background and current grade level.  The results allows NGA to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each child on campus.  The goal of the IEP is to bring each child up to grade level in the afforementioned academic disciplines so that when the child returns to their family, they can be successful academically in their local school based on an American remedial curriculum.The IEP also includes counseling on addiction, therapeutic storytelling, play and life skills (known as intervention classes) and vocational training for children not suited to returning to formal education. 

Once the IEP is written, NGA works in partnership with Agape's other departments to design an overarching Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) focused upon developing the child's academic, spiritual, and psycho-social needs.  Most IRP's last from 30 to 120 days.  Once a child's IRP is completed, Agape reassesses each child to determine the their success in meeting the IRP's goals.  If the child falls short of the identified goals, Agape may choose to extend the child's IRP to ensure long-term stability and success at home.  If all IRP goals are met, then Agape works to reconcile and reunite the child back with their family. 

Once a child has been reintegrated back with their family at home, Agape assists in the child's placement into school and continues to visit the child on an ongoing, scheduled basis to ensure that the child remains with the family and continues to progress in their schooling. NGA have also been identified as an Ashoka Changemaker School in 2014

Highlighting Innovation: 
NGA created academic assessment tools to determine and understand each child's gaps in past learning and designed a program for children to receive academic instruction to address individual learning gaps
Key Challenges: 
Individual Education Plans (IEP) is not any easy way to teach children as working with street children requires the methods used to meet the needs of individual street children