Date

3-2012

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Department

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Advisor(s)

Bill Hendricks

Abstract

Many children living in poverty around the world are unable to attend school and complete an education. When I Grow Up and the Furaha Community Centre have partnered together to provide children of the Huruma slum with an opportunity to attend school and hopefully escape the life of poverty. The purpose of this study was to determine what factors contribute to student success on the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Examination, and if the program funded by When I Grow Up is addressing factors that will empower students to succeed in their education. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire and interviews with students and staff from the Furaha School. The findings indicated that a student’s health, weight, BMI, age, and number of years they had attended school significantly correlated with higher KCPE scores. Recommendations include children entering school at a younger age, having them complete as many years of primary schooling as possible, and continuing to collect data at Furaha and from other schools in Kenya to increase the sample size.

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