Education for Children
Rusinga Island, western Kenya has one public health center, three government-run dispensaries, and three private clinics. The public health center and government-run dispensaries are poorly maintained by the county government. The health facilities lack adequate drugs and equipment. The private clinics, on the other hand, are expensive and some of them lack competent and well-trained health practitioners or physicians.
Suba sub-County has 88 primary schools and 17 secondary schools. However, it lacks school infrastructures such as classrooms and toilets. These hinder a number of school children from full participation in learning. The communities living there are too poor to construct classrooms. A few classrooms, however, have been constructed but they are semi-permanent structures of mud and grass thatch. These structures are easily destroyed especially in rainy or windy seasons. During harsh weather highland areas such as Gwassi, where rainfall is very heavy during the rainy seasons, some schools are completely destroyed and children have to attend neighboring schools.
The poorly constructed schools do not appeal to young children due to the dangers that they harbor. Jiggers have been reported to infest the natural floors found in mud structures and dust, and it is a particular nuisance during dry spells. All these factors make school unappealing to children who then become more attracted to places that they perceive to be more comfortable outside school, for example, beaches and town centers. Some of the most cited problems which hinder children from full participation in school are books and stationery. Textbooks and stationery and other learning materials are key to classroom participation. Two government health centers serve Rusinga’s population; one in the north-eastern part of the Island and one in Mbita Township.