Engage a consortium of cross-siloed institutions and experts in NIWFESS Development and Implementation for best practice through a student centered approach for sustainability in education.
Identify tools & approaches for promoting water, food & energy development.
Develop project designs based on the scoping studies, surveys and general assessments. The designs have to integrate an ecosystem of water, food and energy solutions.
Implement concurrent integrated water, food, energy and labour solutions.
Assess impact economically, academically, environmentally, and socially of the NIWFESS framework.
Our Pilot Model School is located in Kuno Town, Garissa County, Kenya. This Arid area has proven an ideal location to kick start our practice-based framework.
Through community engagement and the support from local stakeholders, both in the school, the town and the private sector, the school has been able to move rapidly into implementing our water, food and energy solutions - while both integrating the Industrial Park and Farm for Economic sustainability, home-grown food solutions and town development and also integrating hands-on competency-based learning for a robust and relevant learning experience for the students K-12.
Creating integrated eco-systems builds a sustainable community for economical growth and quality education to thrive. Our key components consist of
- Clean water (WASH)
- Clean Energy
- Organic Fertilizer
- Agroforestry and Farm
- Industrial Park
- Inclusive Quality Education
- Value Addition
- Woman Empowerment
- Youth and Leadership
What is NIWFESS?
NIWFESS stands for the NACONEK Integrated Water Food and Energy Solutions for Schools This framework was birthed after thorough surveys and on-the-ground site visits were done to assess what are the key issues in achieving quality education in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and Pockets of Poverty regions in Kenya. It aims to create an environmentally and economically sustainable environment to deliver quality education. Improving access, retention, transition, completion and increased academic performance of pupils in the ASALs and PoPs through intervening with three keys pillars a steady supply and availability of water, food, and energy.
What are the NIWFESS Objectives?
Determine a menu of 3-in-6 solutions from Water, Food & Energy Interventions.
Automate the NIWFESS integrated interventions leveraging technology and green energy.
Model starting with Kuno LCB Primary School in Garissa.
Pilot NIWFESS approach in 20 Model Primary Schools, covering 10 counties.
Scale out the NIWFESS Approach to satellite schools
What challenge does NIWFESS address?
NACONEK has identified the two key challenges to quality education, including increased literacy levels, for pupils in ASAL and PoP regions from where other systemic problems develop and are further aggravated. We aim to eradicate those challenges and to address and remove the symptoms and barriers that then arise for quality education to thrive:
EXTREME POVERTY: Bringing a lack of access to basic human needs including clean water, nutrition and food, safe buildings for boarding schools and classrooms, and economic support for hidden education costs.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Bringing with it Droughts and Floods, which causes increased student misplacement, tension and instability between tribes through a lack of access to basic needs and further exacerbates extreme climate conditions compounding the vicious cycle of poverty.
ACCESS TO WATER (WASH)
Through a menu of options NIWFESS uses state of the art technology to access sustainable water solutions. We use Watergen machines to harvest water from the atmosphere, truncated pond and sausage tank to harvest and retain rain water, as well as mapped out underwater rivers to dig boreholes
with purification systems to ensure that clean water is guaranteed.
With the support of organic fertilizers and pesticides, to not only boost the yield and nutrients of the produce and condition the soil, to create a positive micro-climate, trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland. Planting Gliricidia trees for nitrogen fixation in the soil, sequestration of carbon and as a renewable fuel source.
A key to sustainability is access to renewable energy sources in remote locations where grid power is unstable or not an option we provide solar energy solutions to facilitate water, agriculture and industry as well as electricity for the schools and surrounding community. Bio-gas will also be used through biomass created by Gliricidia trees.
Our sustainable, organic school farms will ensure access of farm-to-table nutrition, including vertical gardens in classrooms. Schools now spend 60% of their budget in purchasing “empty calorie" food items low in nutritional value. The farms will support a balanced and nutrient dense diet for the students and community with excess sold to the local and global markets.
The model schools are attached to industrial parks to open more value chains and create community engagement through viable economic opportunities. As the community becomes involved through the resulting job opportunities and building their own small businesses, they can also avail themselves of our adult learning programs for skill building and community development.
We provide equal opportunity for the women in the community involved in key projects to keep the schools running at their optimum. They will also have access to the industrial park and adult learning opportunities, training and employment with the goal of establishing their own enterprises.
HONEY FOR ACCESS
Our “Honey for Access” program links hands-on learning to financial literacy and entrepreneurship. This project gives a certain amount of beehives to each child integrating real life learning in their academic activities, the organic honey produced is already pre-purchased by the market, a percentage is kept for the child’s learning needs and future learning in a fund, a percentage is given to the mother for family needs and hidden learning costs. By the time the child has completed secondary school, they have a small nest egg to support them into their transition.
TREE PLANTING & CARBON CREDITS
Each school will plant a number of acres with trees to increase canopy cover creating micro climates in ASAL areas. Students will learn how agro-forestry techniques grow agribusinesses making them more profitable and sustainable. As we reforest large tracts of land with greenery combating climate change, we will also produce carbon credits for purchase providing a further revenue stream for reinvesting into the programs.
COMPETENCY BASED EDUCATION
Our School Management System will track all learners ensuring equal access to education with our inclusivity program, and whether through learning how to run the water, energy or food sectors or digital literacy skills through a STEAM lab students will have a robust learning space to engage in hands on, competency based literacy and numeracy while expanding their life skills. ECDE is also merged into our learning program with a mothers support group to ensure proper early development and nutrition from the beginning.
SAFE SCHOOL, CLINIC AND BOARDING FACILITIES
Through our sustainable programs we will be able to create a holistic learning atmosphere with safe, interactive and engaging learning centers. Our improved sanitation and living conditions will also create an inclusive environment to ensure retention.