EACDT’s programme tackles the lack of ‘soft skills’ development within the educational system in Kenya, targeting children from Nairobi’s slum communities who are born into poverty and seldom ever alleviate themselves from its grasp and who are at most risk of being disenfranchised from their own society. EACDT aspires to help young people by developing their social and character-led capabilities. As a result, they should be better able to manage the extreme challenges of slum life and to support their advancement through education and employment, and ultimately, to elevate themselves from their historic deprivations.
EACDT teaches key character traits academically proven to be essential to progress and success in life; it implants in young, disadvantaged people, via coaching and playing sport, attitudes and life skills which will fit them for school, employment, family and community life and social integration.
EACDT’s two-year pilot of the programme with 3000+ children clearly identified a significant change in children’s general behaviour and performance: school attendance significantly increased, truancy dropped, bullies became leaders and school exam grades improved.