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Kenya




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Situated in East Africa, Kenya is a country in Africa and one of the founders of the East African Community (EAC). Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya's territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift, covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana (formerly called Lake Rudolf) and further south-east to the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Tanzania to the south and southwest, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya covers 581,309 km2(224,445 sq mi), and had a population of approximately 48 million people in January 2017


Kenya is the biggest and most advanced economy in East and Central Africa, Agricultural as an important sector employing 75% of the workforce. Kenya is usually classified as a frontier market or occasionally an emerging market, but it is not one of the least developed countries. The highland areas of Central Kenya provide fertile ground for farming, making Kenya one of the most agriculturally productive countries in Africa. Exporting coffee, tea and flowers to Europe and other countries has contributed to the strength of the country’s economy. This also includes tourism that is attracted by game safaris, wildlife tours, beaches and islands

Issues Affecting Children in Kenya
Like many other countries in Africa, Kenyan Children are faced with challenges which need to be addressed. These include
  1. Teenage pregnancy
  2. Early marriage (UNICEF in Kenya 4% married by 15 years of ag and 23% by 18 – Child Marriage Around the World. Girls Not Brides) https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/child-marriage/kenya/
  3. Female genital cut
  4. Alcohol and drugs abuse
  5. School violence and bullying
  6. Radicalization
  7. Juvenile delinquency
  8. Modern technology such as internet and other social media
  9. Sex and sexuality
  10. HIV and AIDS
Policy and frameworks supporting children
The country has made efforts to develop policies and frameworks to address children issues including protection and support. These includes
  1. The children’s act that was reviewed recently
  2. National Plan of Action for children
  3. National children Policy
  4. National early Childhood development framework
  5. Special Need Education Policy Format
  6. Child protection Policy Framework
Registration
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Governance
Noah Sanganyi Country Advisory Board Member
Nyambura Rugoiyo REPSSI Board Member