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SCHOOLS AT RISK: THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC SCHOOL LAND GRABBING IN KENYA

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The policy brief expands on “One Year on From Lang’ata: Why Public Schools are Still at Risk”, a qualitative study released in January 2016 by the ShuleYangu Alliance. It looks at the correlation between land grabbing and the violation of fundamental human rights, and seeks to prove that land grabbing affects the States ability to protect and provide for fundamental human rights. In an attempt to prove this, the brief employs a case-study approach, looking at the social, psychological, economic, and institutional impact of land grabbing on 15 school communities across ten counties. It makes assumptions on the general impact public schools face as a result of public school land grabbing.

 

ONE YEAR ON FROM LANG’ATA: WHY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN KENYA ARE STILL AT RISK

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Nairobi, January 18th, 2016 – One year ago, Kenya was rocked by the teargassing and violence used to stop the reclamation of the Lang’ata Road Primary School. Using exclusive primary research, nine civil society organisations release figures to demonstrate that Kenya’s 29,151 schools are still at risk of land-grabbing. Interviews with 3,400 Head Teachers reveals that 83% of public schools in Kenya are currently without title-deeds or lease certificates. 41% of public schools are at risk of encroachment or grabbing and 14% (about 4,100) of schools in Kenya have reported cases of land contestation, encroachment or grabbing to the National Land Commission. These and other findings contained in the report were captured six months after the 22nd January 2015 Presidential Directive to have all primary and secondary public schools in Kenya titled.