The Response of The Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Management of Youth Drop-Out Rate in Nyamira County, Kenya
Keywords:Collaborations, Disengagement, Drop-Out, Partnerships and Institutions, Youths
This study examines the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church's response to the management of youth dropout rates in Nyamira County, Kenya. Youth disengagement from the educational system has profound implications for their social and academic outcomes. Recognizing the significance of addressing this issue, the SDA Church, as a central institution in the community, plays a vital role in providing effective solutions. Using a critical youth development lens, the study investigates how an understanding of systemic injustices and the larger societal context affects the church's strategies. To identify evidence-based practices that have been successful in reducing dropout rates and promoting positive outcomes for young people, the study employs various qualitative research methods. It also emphasizes the importance of collaboration with families, community organizations, and educational institutions to develop a comprehensive approach. To further validate its findings, the study incorporates critical youth development theory. The main topics addressed in this study include youth calendar events and scheduled activities, youth engagement outside the SDA church on Sundays, spiritual parental responsibilities, the impact of technology, the influence of church leaders, the youth's sense of belonging, the effectiveness of youth ministry, and the connection of young people to small groups. The study also discusses involving young people in volunteer work, promoting individual spiritual practices, and providing guidance to their parents.
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