Accelerating the Titling and Protecting of Public School Land in Kenya
The ShuleYangu campaign brings together stakeholders from the Lands, Children Rights and Education Sector in a bid to accelerate the protection of public school land in the country. The Campaign seeks to inspire active citizenship and build broad-based alliances with policy makers, leaders and citizens in securing public school land. The Campaign was birthed by the successful public interest action, #OccupyPlayground that sought to protect the playground of Lang’ata Road Primary School in January 2015. It is also pegged within the fundamental human rights principles provided within the Constitution of Kenya including the right of children to free and compulsory education – article 53 (b) and Article 62 (4) that stipulates the protection of public land. It is further anchored on the Presidential and National Lands Commission (NLC) directives that all public schools should have title deeds. The ShuleYangu campaign, therefore, seeks to put pressure on duty bearers including government mechanisms to take responsibility, while inspiring a new spirit of active citizen participation that empowers communities to participate in the protection of public school land in their communities. The Campaign goal is to have 10,000 public schools issued with title deeds and 5,000 schools fenced.