Community attitudes towards learners in machakos rehabilitation school Machakos district Kenya

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2008-12, 2008-12
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Kampala International University, College of Education Open and Distance Learning
Kampala International University, College of Education Open and Distance Learning
This research intended to investigate how the community feels about the learners in the Machakos Rehabilitation School and aimed at how to cultivate a positive acceptance to them. The researcher followed a simple survey design to venture into the community attitudes by collecting data from the chosen local parents through the use of a questionnaire. The data was collected from three different villages and targeted twenty parents. Data was analyzed using frequency counts and relative frequencies through frequency tables. The findings indicated that 70% of the respondents were aware of the presence of difficult children in their area, the biggest challenge difficult children face is lack of parental care (65%), but other. problems include poverty, unemployment, community negligence, sexual molestation, environment hostility etc. Difficult circumstances in children caused by a number of factors (85%) and these include among others death of parents, peer influence, lack of parental care etc. In the rehabilitation school a lot is provided (85%) and a big percentage (90%) of the respondents showed that difficult children to a greater extent do not take patt in communal work. The researcher concluded that most people in this are aware of the needy school in their area but such children need extra care from both the parents and other stake holders like the government, local leaders and NGOs. The researcher recommended that to reduce negative attitude towards these children, the family should treat the child with dignity and respect. This would help in raising his/her self esteem and encouraging the child. Also, create more awareness in the community about the plight of children experiencing difficulties.
A research report submitted to the College of Education Open and Distance Learning in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Primary Education of Kampala International University
Community attitudes, learners, rehabilitation