This was the first of SEP programmes which started in 2015. The program targets students in high school who are aged between 14 years to 20 years. Since there are many needy cases and not nearly enough resources, a stringent selection criteria is set to ensure only the very needy cases join the program. To fit the selection criteria, a student has to demonstrate that he/she is needy, talented, disciplined and ready to learn. Every year SEP supports about 25 students. Since inception, the program has supported about 300 students with partial or full scholarships. The support comes in terms of school fees, stationery, uniforms, and other personal effects.
The main goal of the mentorship programme is to provide a solution to some of the challenges facing the education sector in Kenya. According to the United Nations these challenges include poor-quality teaching and large class sizes, unequal distribution of resources; very high pupil-to-teacher ratio in some counties. In 2020, due to COVID 19, school closures interrupted learning for over 17 million children, who missed more than six months of formal education. They also faced increased risks of violence, child labour and to their mental well-being.
Siaya Education Project popularly known as SEP is a not-for-profit community based organization registered in Kenya and working in Siaya County in western Kenya region. SEP stands on five pillars comprising of a set of programs targeting in school youths through provision of holistic education by developing their capacities in academia, skills and talent development, entrepreneurship, community service and mainstreaming cross cutting issues.