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Wesleyan University

Publication Date

Fall 2011

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Kenya: Health and Community Development


The principal objective of this Independent Study Project is to make recommendations for a slum-specific reproductive health curriculum to be used in primary schools that serve the Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. In order to obtain data and form a credible basis for the recommendations, interviews were conducted with teachers, focus groups were facilitated with students, and questionnaires were distributed to parents. Additionally, observations were made about the current state of reproductive health education at each school. Data was collected at Kibera School for Girls, a private school in Kibera, and Olympic Primary School, a public school at the edge of the slum. Based on the data collected, this study has found that primary school students in Kibera require a holistic reproductive health curriculum covering pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, puberty and menstruation, and rape and sexual abuse, among other things. This curriculum should be based on a student-centered learning model and adjust its content and context for different age groups.


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Family, Life Course, and Society | Health Services Administration | Inequality and Stratification | International Public Health | Place and Environment | Public Health Education and Promotion


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