Education for the sake of it is not useful to socio-economic development. Successive governments in Kenya have clearly stated that they do not provide education in order for people to be employed. Ford Asili differs with this position. Education curricula must be in tandem with national and global market needs. While there are core areas that education must address, appropriate education programmes must address the prevailing global market needs and appropriate socio-scientific demands for the country’s development as well. In addition, the programmes must prepare the learner to identify their individual talents that should be nurtured for self-growth, appropriate placement in society and general competitiveness. The current system is examination based and ends up creating demoralization and desperation which results in hopelessness for slow learners and those with special and non-academic talents and charismas.
Kenya’s education programme for adult learners is based on the regular education programme. FORD-Asili believes that adult learning approaches must be suited to the adult learner’s needs. Research shows that the learning curve of the adult learner is different from that of the child.
A FORD Asili government will aim at developing separate mandatory appropriate education curricula for the regular and adult learners. The aim will be to eliminate ignorance by achieving universal literacy and to prepare learners adequately for the job market in the various sectors of the economy locally and globally. By 2030, our education qualifications and training should be acceptable anywhere in the world.