- Numeracy and Literacy
- Craft-skills training
- Tailoring and sewing
- Cooking skills
Lokori is an area in Turkana County which is described as Arid and Semi-Arid Areas. Its temperatures range from 38 degree Celsius to almost 40 degrees. The population of the local people is close to 40,000 people. The local people are normally nomadic pastoralists who value their livestock above anything else. The area is mostly prone to attacks by the neighboring communities like West Pokot and other communities because of competition for grazing and some who want to steal their livestock.
The Mercy Centre School is an Alternative Provider of Basic Education and Training Primary School. It was established in 1998 in the Lokori Parish with the aim of providing non-formal education to the local residents hence access to basic literacy and numeracy. The school operates under the Lodwar Diocese and is managed by The Sisters of Mercy. Morning classes were offered to both boys and girls. Owing that the herd’s boys/shepherds could not attend the morning classes, a class was hence set up for them in the Parish library and later in 2003, two classrooms were built for the shepherds and a night class was set up for the traditional girls. The Centre is managed by Sr.Therese Stitch from the Sisters of Mercy Congregation and a group of dedicated staff.
The school target group includes:
– Shepherd boys – who spend their days caring for animals
– Girls – girls who are engaged in carrying firewood, water and those who are actively engaged in house chores during day. The girls in this community face many challenges as witnessed through early marriages once they reach 14 or 15 years.
– Offering Night Classes to adults and children from Monday to Friday
“To promote basic education in the marginalized area”
“To ensure that those who join our school gain knowledge of basic literacy and numeracy to enable them to join formal education”
- Human dignity