The Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay is committed to quality education, training and research; an education that will equips citizens with understanding and knowledge that enables them to make informed choices about their lives and those facing the society today.

The Diocese becons on the Kenyan Government and indeed the world government bodies to even seriously and devourtedly, without traces of selfisheness, get involved the building of a just, cohesive society that enjoys equitable, Social, Economic and Political development on a clean secure environment.

In the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay, the current education status is low in terms of performance index. This would be attributed to inadequate infrastructure, facilities, insufficient human resource and lack of monitoring and evaluation within this sector. Against this back drop the Diocese is set on a review process as strategic interventions to uplift the education sector in a bid to greatly impact positively on the quality and relevance of education in the Diocese.

THE DIOCESAN EDUCATION OFFICE

The Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay endeavours to have a grip on education matters in the Diocese and beyond, though her Diocesan Education Office. This office, therefore, insists on developing  and furnishing itself in terms on human and fiscal resources. This has remained an elusive project, over the years, despite being identified as an important aspect in the education department.

Diocesan Education office is charged with the mandate of co-ordination of Academic activities. Unfortunately, the Education Secretary operates in a vacuum at the moment making it quite difficult to coordinate Diocesan Education Activities. This contributes to poor management and uncoordinated activities whose end result is experienced in role conflict. The diocese is moving with speed to a sufficient establishment of a Diocesan Education Board, identification of office space and the recruitment of personnel.

The Diocese now projects to establish a vibrant education secretariat within the Diocese by December 2016.

CATHOLIC SPONSORED SCHOOLS

The Law of Kenya, the Education Act CAP 211 (1968), part III, recognizes sponsors as managers of school. The Diocese as sponsor, therefore, has a mandate by law to constantly give religious instructions and to ensure there is conformity with the syllabus prepared or approved as intended being, used on its schools. They must own the schools and institutions under them for quality and relevance to be attained.

The Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay is at the threshold of identifying and making available adequate information and data base on Catholic sponsored schools within her jurisdiction. This will enhance her deepest desire and duty to coordinate activities therein. It will also be handy in the collaboration with the government departments for the smooth running of the institutions

The Diocese is committed to training teachers on Catholic social teachings and core values. Pastoral Program Instruction (PPI), program for sponsored program for sponsored and catholic institutions is earmarked for strengthening.

To allow for all inclusive and integrated learning of students the Diocese is looking forward to strengthening special education by integrating it into regular school system.

Schools Owned by the Diocese and their Categories:

School

Category

District

St. Martha

Girls – boarding

Homa Bay

St. Joseph Kakrigu

Girls – boarding

Mbita

St. Teresa Kehancha

Girls – boarding

Kuria West

Bishop Mugendi

Boys – boarding & day

Suba

St. John’s Seminary Rakwaro

Boys – boarding

Rongo

St. Lucy’s Raruowa

Girls – boarding

Rachuonyo North

St. George’s Sikri

Mixed – boarding & day

Rachuonyo South

St. Vincent’s Othiere

Mixed – boarding & day

Rachuonyo South

St. Bonaventure

Mixed – day

Rongo

St. Dominic Nyawango

Mixed – boarding & day

Rachuonyo North

Sources:District Education Offices and Diocesan Education Secretary’s Office, Homa Bay.

EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTRES

Currently, the few primary schools within the diocese have early childhood learning taking place within the institutions. This integrates Early Childhood learning and is advantaged on the basis of consistency in transition.

However, there is no distinct Early Childhood Development Centres developed within the diocese.

VOCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

High disparities in access to education in Kenya remain a challenge at all levels despite the recent improvement. In the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay the situation of technical, vocational and entrepreneur centres needs to be urgently addressed. Inadequate infrastructure and facilities and lack of research in Technical and Vocational Institutions have given a blind eye to this sector.

The Education secretariat has to make considerable investments to revamp this area so as to attain skilled manpower driven by market demand. The Diocese will therefore play a pivotal role in identification training and providing quality materials in its own institutions thereby promoting quality, equity and access.

This is aimed at promote quality learning in middle level colleges

TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

As the government of Kenya continues to support the development of faith based universities i.e. Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay projects to liaise with the university council to bring a campus within the Diocese. This is expected to raise the transition rate from secondary school to university.

The Education sector de-linked admission from the availability of bed space, on each campus, thus creating room for increased transition from secondary to university level.

GENDER AND PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Disparities in gender and people with special needs have been a major concern for education stakeholders. The Law of Kenya, Education Act Cap 211 (1968) does not address gender inequalities and people with special needs thus deny them legal backing on their endeavour to move towards upward mobility.

The Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay seeks to come up with a centre of learning for people with special needs to address these disparities.

A public education campaign against retrogressive cultural practices between the Church, the government and communities should be enhanced to ensure effective observation of children's Act.